The “Pyramid of Austerlitz” is located at the highest point of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The monument dates from the time of Napoleon in the early 1800s. In 1804 General Marmont had the pyramid built by the French-Batavian army, as a tribute to his friend and example Napoleon Bonaparte. Inspired by his campaign to Egypt, Marmont chose a pyramid topped with an obelisk. This obelisk was made of wood and quickly fell into disrepair. Napoleon’s brother Louis Napoleon, at that time King of Holland, gave the monument the name “Pyramid of Austerlitz” after the battle in today’s Czech Republic. In 1894 a new obelisk was built of stone, but the pyramid itself was hardly restored.
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