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The Lion's Mound (or "Butte du Lion" in French) is quite a unique site. The memorial was built to celebrate the allied victory against Napoleon in 1815, but also the location where William II of the Netherlands was knocked off his horse by a musket ball during the battle. The mound measures 43 meters in height and the statue above it weighs 28 tonnes. The legend states that the lion was cast from brass melted down from cannons abandoned by the French on the battlefield, but sadly this is only a myth.
This shopkeeper deserves a medal.
As gruesome and horrible as it may seem, it was common for people in the Victorian age to take pictures of their dead relatives. Taking pictures at the time was particularly expensive and could only be done on very special and rare occasions. Funeral pictures were therefore quite normal at the time.
"You can't imagine how crowded it is down there..."