1/24.- Wallonia: Waterloo
Hello, and welcome to Wallonia, the south-eastern part of Belgium.
is a country split in two by a language boundary. In Wallonia,
this boundary, a Belgian variety of French is spoken, with many
dialects known as so many forms of Walloon. North of the border,
people speak a Belgian variety of Dutch, also with many
local dialects. The national capital, Brussels, is enclaved
Flemish region. In a third cultural region, along the German
In its present state, the Virtourist site will display only
a few aspects
of the region, but gradually it will expand into a more comprehensive
in 50 pictures. Please be patient.
and just south of the language border, Waterloo is the site
of the battle where the Anglo-Dutch and Prussian troops defeated
1815. An artificial cone-shaped hill surmounted by a bronze
lion has been
erected to commemorate the event, and a circular panoramic painting
battle gives a fair idea of what warfare looked like at the
time. The battle
caused some 49,000 casualties. Today, the battlefield is traversed
highway and covered with peaceful fields and meadows, but occasionally,
agriculturers will still find pistols and bullets in their furrows.
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