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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Justin Williams (8 months ago)
Great museum and monument. Informative and interactive. People there are friendly and they have an amazing 4d show well with the watching. Anyone wanting to see apart of history should go here 4 outta 5 as part of the facilities was closed for unknown reasons.
Tom De Pauw (8 months ago)
We enjoyed the best guided tour in English at 3:30pm for almost 3 hours. Revealing little known facts. Some of which were reinforced in the 3D movie. All included in the price. No tips. Very helpful staf. I recommend it.
Ting Li (9 months ago)
Very beautiful view from the top of the hill!? Perfect for a trip of half day. The museum visit includes a 4D film, which gives an immersing experience of the battle. There is also a free carriage between the panorama and Hougoumont farm. I visited the site more than 10 years ago, but the recent revisiting gave me a renovated experience.
S.K. Werner (14 months ago)
Breathtaking voyage into history. The monument is an impressive sight, but you need to be a history buff to enjoy the museum as well. Pro tip: explore the areas surrounding the monument as well and you will catch some fascinating glimpses into the past.
Tom Lejeune (16 months ago)
Nice visit and museum. You no longer have the option to only visit the monument (climb to the top of the mountain) so you have to buy a combiticket with access to the museum. As we didn't have time for a long visit, this was rather expensive, so make sure you take the time to visit the lovely museum as well! Friendly staff, Corona-proof visit!
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