Monday, March 21, 2011

Pyramid van Austerlitz

"The Pyramid of Austerlitz was built in 1804 by soldiers of general Auguste Marmont as a remedy against boredom during the French occupation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. It was given its name in honour of the victory of Napoleon in the Battle of Austerlitz (Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic). " -

To be even more geographically confusing, in addition to celebrating a French victory over the Russians and Austrians within the borders of the Czech Republic, the Pyramid van Austerlitz is actually in Woudenberg, not Austerlitz.


  1. The full history is to be found here, in Dutch (good practice!):
    The French have a thing for pyramids; go to the Louvre one day and admire the glass one put there by president Mitterrand.
    As for Austerlitz, what is now the Czech Republic was part of Austria at the time (as was Belgium aka the Oostenrijkse Nederlanden). And the name of Austerlitz was given to the settlement near the pyramid in 1806, making the reference somewhat less incomprehensible. But I don't think the name is still in use; the pyramid itself was heavily decaying a few years ago and was only restored recently.

  2. I've been there!

    I remember the bloke in the ticket booth was from Hemel Hempstead, who we got chatting to after he heard our English accents while we were in the queue.