This monument commemorates the success of Karl XII in Narva in 1700, when the Russian forces that had besieged Narva in the course of the Great Northern War were destroyed.
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The memorial was a gift from the Kingdom of Sweden to the City of Narva, and the statue was a copy of the statue that stood in front of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The memorial was destroyed during the Second World War. The Swedish Lion was re-inaugurated in 2000 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the battle. From the memorial, you will see the ‘5-kroon’ view of the two fortresses, which was depicted on the back of the Estonian 5-kroon banknote. The letters MDCC on the monument stand for the year 1700, and the phrase ‘Svesia memor’ means ‘Sweden remembers’.

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