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Lion's Mound, Belgium

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Chemin des Vertes Bornes 90
1420 Braine-l'Alleud
Belgium


Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
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The Lion's Mound (French: Butte du Lion, lit. ‘Lion's Hillock/Knoll’; Dutch: Leeuw van Waterloo, lit. ‘Lion of Waterloo’) is a large conical artificial hill located in the municipality of Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium. It was constructed on the battlefield of Waterloo, to commemorate the location where William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) was knocked from his horse by a musket ball to the shoulder during the battle. Its construction was ordered in 1820 by his father, King William I of the Netherlands, and completed in 1826. The prince fought at the preceding Battle of Quatre Bras (16 June 1815) and the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).
The area around the mound is known as the Lion's Hamlet (French: le Hameau du Lion; Dutch: Gehucht met de Leeuw). An entrance fee is charged to climb the mound, which also admits visitors to the overlook and painted Waterloo Panorama).

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Lion's Mound

Address: Chemin des Vertes Bornes 90, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
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