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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20 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    That would be an excellent way to learn the history by experiencing the events in this way! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani!

  2. Did you climb the 226 steps to the top to take in the view?

  3. ladyfi says:

    What an amazing hill!

  4. Nice one! I'll bookmark this and look forward to visiting it in the future.

  5. Probably not the sort of visit that one would actually enjoy but as you say an important history lesson.

  6. Carver says:

    Great shots and informative post.

  7. Emille says:

    The battle of Waterloo -every European child knows about that one:) Great pics, Indrani!

  8. Meoww says:

    Museums are always interesting with so many stories to tell. Lion Mound is pretty intriguing.

  9. in my mind, Waterloo is synonymous to Napoleon.:p museums and historic places open the mind.

  10. i think i might have enjoyed a visit to this museum too, with my love for history and stories 😀 nice post!

  11. Gattina says:

    The first picture which jumped into my eyes on Skywatch page, was the Lion ! When have you been there ? You should have called me to have a drink under the Lion ! Yes visiting the Lion and the rest has become very expensive. When we moved to Waterloo in 75 you could climb on there as much as you wanted and visiting the Panorma costed less then one € ! In the 90th they started with 2 € then in 2000 5 € and then slowly slowly they improved the site to become a real touristic thing and now you pay the price of course. The shop where you buy the tickets didn't exist and there was no fence around the Lion neither.

  12. AmitAag says:

    Great post! Nice captures Indrani:)

  13. Bikramjit says:

    beautiful lovely pictures 🙂

    Bikram's

  14. Gary says:

    Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. chubskulit says:

    Beautifully captured! Your first shot is stunning.

    Come and see my Sky Shots when you get a chance. Your comment will sure add a delight.
    Have a great weekend.

  16. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful shots that artificial peak looks great.

  17. arabesque says:

    whoa! i would love to see this sight one day, the green hilly road is just fantastic.

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