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zitkade Felix Timmermansplein

zitkade Felix Timmermansplein

Sint-Gummarus collegiale kerk

Sint-Gummarus collegiale kerk

begijnhof, UNESCO werelderfgoed

begijnhof, UNESCO werelderfgoed

Schapenkoppen

Sheep Heads monument

A legend tells us the story behind this sculpture group of a shepherd with his sheep.

In the 14th century Duke John II wanted to thank the people of Lier for their services during his struggle against the people of Mechelen. They could choose their reward themselves: a cattle market or a university. They chose the cattle staple right, a choice that didn’t do Lier any harm as only one was permitted per region. Thus the cattle market moved from Wespelaar to Lier and the duke sighed, "Oh, the sheep heads!”
This is probably how the inhabitants of Lier obtained their nickname 'Schapenkoppen' (Sheep heads).

In 1425 Leuven was given the first university of the Low Countries.

In addition to this Sheep Heads monument, Lier artist Bertro also created other statues in Lier, such as Wardje an Pallieter & Marieke.

 

Wardje

Wardje

Wardje was an assistant verger in Antwerp. He later joined the Jesuits of Lier, where he became the devil-may-care member of the monastery.

He was also well known among all Lier’s clubs and...

Pallieter en Marieke

Pallieter & Marieke

The life–size bronze sculptures of Pallieter and Marieke, fictional characters from Felix Timmermans′s novel...

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