Lion Fountain

This fountain was restored in 2001, but originally dates back to the 19th century and was designed by the Parmentier brothers from Ghent. It previously stood on the Jesuit Square, not far from here. 

At the very top, a bluestone lion guards a blazon on which '1831' and 'A' can be read.  The 'A' refers to the old name of our town, Aldenarda. '1831' in its turn is a nod to our Belgian Independence.  Originally, the letter 'W' was on that same blazon, referring to William I, King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1815 to 1840.