Lion of Waterloo

The Lion's Mound (or Butte du Lion) is a large conical artificial hill raised 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.

It was ordered constructed in 1820 by his father, King William I of The Netherlands, and completed in 1826.

But why a lion ? Because the lion is the heraldic beast on the personal coat of arms of the monarch of The Netherlands, and symbolizes courage. Upon a sphere signifying global victory. The Lion's weighs 28 tons and a height of 4.45 m (14.6 ft) for a length of 4.5 m (14.8 ft).