The Lion’s Mound is a large artificial conical hill located in the municipality of Brain-l’Alleu in Belgium , a short drive from Brussels, this monument commemorates the battle of Waterloo.
Designed by royal architect Charles Vander Straeten, its construction was ordered by King William I of the Netherlands in 1820, and was completed in 1826. It commemorates the location on the Waterloo battlefield where a musket ball struck William II’s shoulder. of the Netherlands , knocking him off his horse during the battle.
226 steps lead to a small platform at the top, in the center of which is a lion statue on a pedestal. The 4.45 meter high and 4.50 meter wide bronze figure weighs 28 tons and was also made by the Cockerill company. According to legend, it was cast from weapons left on the battlefield by the French. She was transported by water to Brussels and finally by horse-drawn cart to Waterloo.
Currently, the mound is part of the tourist complex “Memorial of the Battle of Waterloo” The hill overlooks the battlefield; it is the center of museums and taverns in the vicinity of the village of Lyon.
Access : Coordinates: 50.678333, 4.404722
Go next : Braine-l’Alleud , a municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium, about 20 kilometres south of Brussels.