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Braine-l’Alleudis situated in the French-speaking region of Belgium called the Walloon Brabant is barely 13 miles away from Brussels. This place is pretty well connected and cheap flights to Braine-l’Alleud are available for you to come and unfold the beauty and essence of this popular tourist destination. Charleroi Brussels South Airport and Brussels Airport are very close to this place, only about 15.9 to 16 miles away. This beautiful place derives its name partly from the Braine River, now called River Hain that flows through the region enhancing its already enthralling beauty. This town has a fabulous town center which offers a plethora of facilities like shops, restaurants, pubs, activities and excellent accommodation for tourists to spend a relaxing holiday here, far from the madding crowd of the city.
Braine-l’Alleud has immense historical significance. The Battle of Waterloo site is in this town, where Duke of Wellington had defeated Napoleon Bonaparte on 18th of June, 1815. Presently, the battlefield is highlighted by a lion figure made apparently from melted down cannons which were in use during the course of the battle. This Butte du Lion is a huge conical artificial hill erected on the famous battlefield and the hill-top has a statue of a lion that is fixed to a stone-block pedestal. The model lion that was created by sculptor Jean-François Van Geel resembles the famous Medici lions.
The lion is symbolic of courage and it is shown putting its right front paw on a sphere which signifies global supremacy and victory. The statue is 4.45m high, 4.5m long and weighs 28 tonnes. There is a visitor center and wax museum in the vicinity, that help tourists in retracing the events relating to the battle. The centrally located St-Etienne church in Braine-l'Alleud was then given the status of a hospital of the countryside.
The town also flaunts a small fountain sculpture made of bronze that shows a naked little fellow urinating into the fountain. This is a smaller-sized version of the renowned Mannekenpis and is called "Il Gamin Quipiche". You may come by one of the cheap flights to Braine-l'Alleud and enjoy reliving the past in this tourist friendly destination as you would be spoilt for choice for hotels in Braine-l'Alleud.