weekly photo challenge: monument

April 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm 11 comments

le butte du lion
location: waterloo, belgium
 
this is le butte du lion (lion’s mound), the main memorial located in the battlefield of waterloo where napoleon bonaparte suffered defeat at the hands of the duke of wellington.

king william i of the netherlands had it constructed in 1820 using earth taken from the other parts of the battlefield. it was to commemorate the spot where his son, william ii (the prince of orange) was knocked down from his horse by a musket ball at the height of the battle.

le butte towers 141 feet high by 1,700 feet wide with a statue of a lion mounted on a stone-block pedestal at the top. from up there, you get a panoramic view of the entire battlefield. the climb takes 226 steps, but it isn’t that bad. when we were there, a 79 year elderly man from singapore made it with no problem.

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  • 1. Amy  |  April 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Great selection! Thank you for the historical information, Plaridel!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      amy:

      funny, i didn’t know waterloo is in belgium until i was brought there. but then it used to be part of the netherlands, wasn’t it? 🙂

      Reply
      • 3. Amy  |  April 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        Keep traveling 🙂

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        • 4. plaridel  |  April 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

          amy:

          i will, with caution. 🙂

          Reply
  • 5. philipcambodia  |  April 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Love the shot. Thanks.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

      philip:

      thank you. glad you liked it.

      Reply
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  • 8. AC  |  April 14, 2014 at 2:43 am

    ang ganda ganda ganda.. i love the green grass and blue skies — very relaxing. a view that i won’t ever find here in the tiny island of singapore.

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    • 9. plaridel  |  April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      ac:

      just amazing how the green grass covers the battlefield where all the violence and carnage happened.

      Reply
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