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This 120 foot tall mound topped by the lion statue representing the Royal House of the Netherlands, provides a panoramic view of the battlefield. The lion statute, which was sculpted by Jean-Fran├žois Van Geel, sits on a large rectangular pedestal and is more than 14 feet tall and 14 feet long and weighs over 31 tons. The lion is taken from the personal coat of arms of the royal family of the Netherlands and is said to symbolize courage; the front right paw of the beast rests on a globe. Below the mound is a visitor center and panoramic circular building that encloses a huge circular painting of the battle by Louis Demoulin.

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