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Waterloo (Belgium): The 1815 Memorial and the Lion's Mound.

1815 Waterloo Memorial
Waterloo (Belgium): the 1815 Memorial.

The Memorial of the Battle of Waterloo was inaugurated in May 2015, a few weeks before the ceremony of the 200th anniversary of the battle. The Memorial is the new structure that welcomes the visitors to the site of the battlefield. It offers them a 4D audiovisual show and gives them access to the panorama and the famous Lion's Mound.

Waterloo: la Butte du Lion
Waterloo (Belgium): la Butte du Lion.

For decades, the Lion's Mound has been the emblem of the Waterloo battlefield. It is located at the place where the Prince of Orange was wounded during the battle of June 18, 1815. It is actually situated in Braine-l'Alleud, a commune that is adjacent to Waterloo. The Mound is 43 m (141 ft) in height. It is accessible to visitors by a staircase and offers panoramic views on the site of the battle.

Since 300,000 cubic meters (392,000 cu yards) of earth were taken from the ridge at the center of the British line in order to erect the lion's mound, some portions of the battlefield have been altered from their 1815 appearance. However, other terrain features and notable landmarks on the field have remained virtually unchanged since the battle.

The battle took place in a large area that currently stretches in 4 communes: Waterloo, Genappe and mainly Braine-l'Alleud and Plancenoit (Lasne). The Duke of Wellington had its headquarters in Waterloo so that the battle is named after this place.

The Lion of Waterloo
Waterloo (Belgium): the Lion.

A cast iron lion standing upon a stone pedestal surmounts the mound. The lion weighs 31 tons.


 

See also

Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo: Monuments of the Battle
Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo: historic farmhouses
Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo: the Hougoumont farmhouse

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The 1815 Memorial is the new structure that welcomes the visitors to the battlefield of Waterloo. It offers them a 4D audiovisual show and gives them access to the panorama and the famous Lion's Mound.