Lego exhibition depicts life of Napoleon at Waterloo –

Historians checked each part of the exhibition to ensure its accuracy.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a giant model of Les Invalides, Napoleon’s final resting place in Paris, which required 274,000 bricks and took 1,000 hours to construct.

It stands eight feet high and weighs more than half a ton.


There are also key scenes from Napoleon’s life including his wedding, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the famous Lion’s Mound, the grass hill topped by a statue of a lion which was constructed at the site of the Battle of Waterloo.


It also features a giant reconstruction of the portrait “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by the French painter Jacques-Louis David and a version of the distinctive black three-pointed cap that Napoleon wore.


“We wanted an exhibition dedicated to children that would also appeal to adults. It will be the perfect complement to the rest of the events for the bicentenary,” said Waterloo deputy mayor Yves Vander Cruysen.

A series of events including a commemorative ceremony and two days of battle reconstructions are scheduled around the anniversary of the battle on July 18.

Above: Features writer Joe Shute joins the Napoleonic Association to prepare for next year’s 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo