- The heart of Pierre David, Verviers’ first mayor was found within the ornate fountain at Place Verte.
- Workers found the organ, which was inside a small, zinc casket during the fountain’s renovation in August.
- The casket along with documents from the city’s archives are on exhibit at the Verviers Fine Arts Museum until September 20.
On August 20, workers renovating Fontaine David in Verviers, east of Liége in Belgium found the entombed heart of the city’s first-ever ‘bourgmestre’ or mayor.
Inadvertently confirming a century-old Waloon urban legend, they recovered a rusted, metal coffin with these words inscribed on it:
“The heart of Pierre David was solemnly placed in the monument on 25 June 1883.”
According Maxime Degey, Verviers Alderman for Public Works, they found the casket in the upper part of the fountain.
“…right near the bust of Pierre David, behind a stone which we had removed during the fountain’s renovation,” he said.
In an article published by Euronews, we read that officials decided not to open the box ‘out of respect for the deceased and his family.’
Pierre David became Verviers’ first mayor in 1800 and served until 1808 when France ruled Belgium. In 1802, he founded the first firefighter corps– a rare innovation at that time, BBC reported.
He ruled as mayor again after the Belgian Revolution of 1830, and brought peace back to the heavily-damaged city.
Legend says that the city officials decided to take his heart–with consent from his family–when he died in 1839. They kept it in the town hall while authorities collected funds to build him a monument. Decades passed before they were able to collect enough money for it.
The eponymous monument was finished in 1883. Officials finally inaugurated Fontaine David and placed the beloved mayor’s heart within it.
The casket, along with documents from the city’s archives and the museum’s collection are on exhibit at Verviers Fine Arts Museum until September 20.
Russia Releases Classified Footage of ‘Tsar Bomba’, The World’s Largest Nuclear Explosion
It was the most powerful nuclear bomb ever built and tested.
- Russia marks the 75th anniversary of their atomic industry by releasing the previously classified footage of Tsar Bomba's detonation in 1961.
- Tsar Bomba---'King of Bombs' was the largest thermonuclear weapon of all time, with an explosive yield of 50 megatons.
- They claimed it was 3,300 times as destructive as the nuclear bomb used in Hiroshima.
Teens Find 425 Pieces of Islamic Gold Coins, More Than a Thousand Years Old, at a Dig in Israel
845 grams of pure gold, enough to buy a luxury home.
- These rare coins, which came from the Abbasid Caliphate, were said to date back from the late 9th century
- The total weight of the coins were around 845 grams of pure gold and that the value could buy a luxury home back then.
- The coins were found in superb condition, as if the pieces were buried only the day before.
Bizarre ‘Sea Monster’ Figurehead Recovered from Centuries-Old Shipwreck
People believed it could ward off evil spirits.
- In 2015, a team of experts from Sweden raised an extremely unique figurehead from a Danish warship that sank in the Baltic Sea over 500 years ago.
- The carved, wooden 'sea monster' figurehead was like a 'fantasy animal' that appeared to have either swallowed or spat out a human being.
- The artifact belonged to the Gribshunden, the flagship of King John of Denmark, that sank in 1495 after the vessel caught fire.
World’s First Happiness Museum Opens in Denmark
Why Nevada’s U.S. Route 50 Is Called “The Loneliest Road In America”
Simple and Easy: How to Make a Self-Watering Planter
Stranded American Backpacker Adopted by Family in a Remote Village
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, a Fascinating Geological Formation
Australian Woman Finds Around 20 Venomous Spiders On Her Swimming Pool
Torre Scola, a Fortress at Sea in La Spezia, Italy
War Is Brewing Between Armenia and Azerbaijan As Disputed Territory Conflict Intensifies