March 22, 2011

Biker and Belliard

The biker is taking a break to consult his i-phone in an important historic spot, on square baron Horta, at the feet of the imposing statue of General Belliard (1769-1832), the French ambassador at the time of Belgium's independence. He holds in his hand the deed by which the Allied powers guaranteed that independence. 
The general died from a stroke in the Royal Park in 1932 as he was leaving the King's Palace.
The statute is by the artist Guillaume Geefs. It is also the first monument established after independence. The story goes that the soldiers in the army gave up their pay for one day so the young state could pay for this monument.