The Lion's Mound is a large conical artificial hill in Braine-l'Alleud. King William I of the Netherlands ordered its construction in 1820, and it was completed in 1826. It commemorates the location on the battlefield of Waterloo where a musket ball hit the shoulder of William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) and knocked him from his horse during the battle. It is also a memorial of the Battle of Quatre Bras, which had been fought two days earlier, on 16 June 1815.

A statue of a lion standing upon a stone-block pedestal surmounts the hill. Jean-François Van Geel (1756–1830) sculpted the model lion, which closely resembles the 16th-century Medici lions. The lion is the heraldic beast on the personal coat of arms of the monarch of The Netherlands, and symbolizes courage.

Its right front paw is upon a sphere, signifying global victory. William Cockerill's iron foundry in Liège cast the lion, in sections; a canal barge brought those pieces to Brussels; from there, heavy horse-drays drew the parts to Mont-St-Jean, a low ridge south of Waterloo.

There is a legend that the foundry melted down brass from cannons that the French had left on the battlefield, in order to cast the metal lion. In reality, the foundry made nine separate partial casts in iron, and assembled those components into one statue at the monument site.

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Founded: 1820
Category: Statues in Belgium

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Elin Kristjansdottir (7 months ago)
The Lion Mound in Waterloo is an iconic landmark commemorating the Battle of Waterloo. It's a fascinating historical site that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area. The monument itself is impressive, with a majestic lion statue perched on top. Exploring the site and learning about the battle's significance is a truly immersive experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply looking for a unique attraction, the Lion Mound is definitely worth a visit.
CHOUCHOU (7 months ago)
The Museum is beautiful, the view also. You can feel the big history there. The brasserie is also a nice place
Erik de Koster (7 months ago)
If you have an interest in history this is a great place to visit. There are different tickets you can buy starting at €24 per person that gives you access to the site and the museum. Ather tickets include other sites as well. There is a pub restaurant nearby but no cafe on sight. Parking is free and plenty.
Alek Zdrój (8 months ago)
Historical site, a true monument of Napoleon's Empire collapse. There are exhibitions inside as well as a short movie about the Battle. Take a look at the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo - an 11-meter-long picture of this duel. Go outside and see the battlefield from the mound. You can also see some monuments along the road and visit other places connected to the Battle nearby.
Carol Miller (11 months ago)
Must see. Make sure you view the panoramic painting. Amazing. Plenty of parking and nice gift shop. Plan several hours here
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