Mont-Saint-Jean, Belgium

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Panorama of the Lion's hamlet looking toward Mont-Saint-Jean and its farm from the Lion's Mound. Postcard stamped on 14 January 1919 in Waterloo.[1]

Coordinates: 50°41′27″N 4°24′22″E / 50.69083°N 4.40611°E / 50.69083; 4.40611

Mont-Saint-Jean is a hamlet located in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium, south of Waterloo located partly on Waterloo and partly on Braine-l'Alleud where the National road (N5) going from Brussels to Charleroi crosses the National road (N234) going from Nivelles to Leuven.


Mont-Saint-Jean is on the reverse slope of the escarpment where the Battle of Waterloo was fought, and is the name Napoleon Bonaparte gave to the battle (la bataille de Mont-Saint-Jean). At the time of the battle there was a farm called Mont-Saint-Jean Farm, on the Charleroi–Brussels road about halfway between the edge of the escarpment and the village.

Les Miserables[edit]

In the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Volume II, Book I, Chapter X is called "The Plateau of Mont-Saint-Jean" and it describes the massive French cavalry attacks on the British infantry squares situated on the reverse slope of the escarpment at the height of the battle.


References and Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Picture taken before the erection of the circular Panorama building.