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Seen from the Henri-Chapelle American war cemetery.

The anticline is an upwardly convex fold that appears in the landscape as a hill levelled by erosion. It was formed by the accumulation of sea deposits over millions of years. The shifting of the layers of the earth and the formation of the anticline are the result of tectonic shift.

Sunset in Oostende, Belgium

Liège-Guillemins railway station

... enjoying snow .... my Laekenois Norbert

Belgian shepherd Oscar .... 6 years old Tervueren boy enjoys the snow .....

The Belgian municipality of Halen is a historical site where many young Belgian and German soldiers died far too early during the so-called 'Battle of the Silver Helmets' (12 August 1914). On that day, a fierce battle broke out between German soldiers on horseback and the Belgian army. The Germans had to retreat in defeat. The battlefield was littered with hundreds of dead horses and the helmets of the German cavalrymen. The Battle of the Silver Helmets is the only battle the Belgians will win in World War I on their own. This German defeat showed that the cavalry charge as a strategy was totally outdated.

 

The memorial park in Halen wants to be a lasting symbol that commemorates the First World War. Large concrete helmets neatly arranged in four rows next to each other in a green expanse.

Young and old went to work together. They creatively depicted a war story on each helmet and gave the helmets a message. Each helmet symbolises a municipality in Limburg.

 

The helmets are placed in a waiting basin. When it rains heavily, this basin collects the excess water from the IJzerenbeek. In case of heavy rainfall, the helmets may therefore be partly flooded. In the following years, the creations on the helmets will fade away. Nature will definitively incorporate the helmets into the landscape. In this way, the 44 creations will be covered by a uniform green carpet, which will hide the personal stories.

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De Belgische gemeente Halen is een historische locatie waar veel Belgische en Duitse jonge soldaten veel te vroeg de dood vonden tijdens de zogenaamde ‘Slag der Zilveren Helmen’ (12 augustus 1914). Op die dag barste er een hevig gevecht los tussen Duitse soldaten te paard en het Belgisch leger. De Duitsers moesten zich verslagen terugtrekken. Het slagveld lag bezaaid met honderden dode paarden en met de helmen van de Duitse cavaleristen. De Slag der Zilveren Helmen is de enige slag die de Belgen in de Eerste Wereldoorlog op eigen kracht zullen winnen. Deze Duitse nederlaag toonde aan dat de cavaleriecharge als strategie totaal achterhaald was.

 

Het herinneringspark in Halen wil een blijvend symbool vormen dat de Eerste Wereldoorlog herdenkt. Grote betonnen helmen die op vier rijen netjes naast elkaar staan in een groen uitgestrekt landschap.

Jong en oud gingen samen aan de slag. Ze verbeeldden creatief een oorlogsverhaal op iedere helm en gaven de helmen een boodschap mee. Elke helm staat symbool voor een Limburgse gemeente.

 

De helmen staan opgesteld in een wachtbekken. Dat vangt bij zware regenval het overtollige water van de IJzerenbeek op. Bij hevige regen kan het dus zijn dat de helmen deels onder water komen te staan. De volgende jaren zullen de creaties op de helmen vervagen. De natuur neemt de helmen definitief op in het landschap. De 44 creaties worden zo bedekt met een uniform groentapijt, dat de persoonlijke verhalen verbergt.

 

  

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. King William I of the Netherlands ordered its construction in 1820, and it was completed in 1826. It commemorates the location on the battlefield of Waterloo where a musket ball hit the shoulder of William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) and knocked him from his horse during the battle. It is also a memorial of the Battle of Quatre Bras, which had been fought two days earlier, on 16 June 1815.

 

Next to that is the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo (French: Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo) is a rotunda in Belgium that houses a monumental panoramic painting of the Battle of Waterloo. The neoclassical building is located immediately to the north of the Lion Mound, on the battlefield of the Battle of Waterloo, in the Belgian municipality of Braine-l'Alleud, in the province of Walloon Brabant.

The building and the painting were protected as historical monuments in 1998. In 2008 the Belgian government proposed that the panorama should be included within a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.

 

Submitted: 25/05/2016

Rejected: 25/05/2016

 

File was rejected on May 25, 2016

Rejection Reasons

 

The strongest variations in this series were selected, this image is either a weaker repeat or does not differ enough for useful variation.

Bel-Air Castle

 

Bel-Air Castle was built in 1810 by Charles du Trieu and served as a hunting lodge during the winter months and as a country house during the summer.

In 1974, the castle and park were bought by the municipalities of Willebroek and Blaasveld.

 

The castle is used for cultural activities.

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Kasteel Bel-Air werd in 1810 door Charles du Trieu gebouwd en diende tijdens de wintermaanden als jachtslot en tijdens de zomer als buitenverblijf.

In 1974 werd het kasteel en het park door de gemeentebesturen van Willebroek en Blaasveld aangekocht.

 

Het kasteel wordt gebruikt voor culturele activiteiten.

 

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