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Memorial 1815

 

 

The Lion's mound

The 40 metre tall mound was erected at the supposed position where the Prince of Orange (1792-1849) was injured before becoming King of the Netherlands (from 1840 to 1849). It took three years to build this huge cone of earth (1823-1826). The lion perches on the summit as a symbol of the monarchs’ victories. The single paw which rests on the globe, “announces the peace that Europe has won in the plains of Waterloo”, in the words of the architect.

You can see the whole battlefield from the top of the hillock, which gives a good idea of the square formations of the infantry and where the cavalry was deployed. A panoramic display table indicates the positions defended during different stages of the battle.

 

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The MEMORIAL 1815
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