Waterloo Battlefield, Belgium

Beyond the ticket counter of Waterloo Museum is the Lion’s mound, the sight gets better only after you make the entry with expensive tickets. Lion’s Mound was built in 1824 and 1826 in dedication to soldiers who died on June 18, 1815, the day of the battle of Waterloo. It marks the spot where Prince Guillaume of Orange, the heir to the throne and commander in chief of the first corps of Wellington’s army, was wounded. The cast iron Lion protects the globe and symbolizes the return of peace to Europe.

The artificial hill rises more than 40 meters above the battlefield, 226 stairs lead to the top. Below: View of battlefield from the Lion’s Mound.

Plenty of detailed information presented all along the 14 rooms of the museum. Then in another building across the garden the battle scene depicted: wax statues, pictures, objects that once belonged to Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, maps of the different battles and armies…a really comprehensive museum. Though I didn’t enjoy this visit much, my daughters could relate to their history lessons.

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