For more than a century, a spine-chilling story has circulated through the homeowners of the Belgian town of Verviers– that inside Fountaine David, was buried the heart of Pierre David, the city’s first mayor, to whom the fountain is dedicated.On 20 August, the building workers busy on the restoration of the fountain found that the legend was, in reality, real. Inside the water fountain, hidden close to the bust of David, the workers removed a rusted metal cage including the heart of the mayor, preserved in a jar of alcohol.
The casket consisting of the mayor’s heart was discovered inside the water fountain, near the bust of Pierre David./ Ville de Verviers/verviers. be
The casket including the mayor’s heart was discovered inside the water fountain, near the bust of Pierre David./ Ville de Verviers/verviers. be
Pierre David, born in 1771, endured first the French profession of his city and after that the Dutch one. He was a known Francophile and was well-liked and respected by all his fellow people. He was designated mayor of Verviers in 1830, the very first mayor of the city after Belgium declared self-reliance the same year.The Belgian statesman died in 1839 at the age of 68 and in the very same year, city officers suggested– with the approval of his household -that his heart be removed and sealed inside a monolith dedicated to the departed mayor. The monument was only inaugurated years later– according to the inscribing on the coffin, the heart of the mayor was positioned inside the fountain in 1883. The casket containing the mayor’s heart will be displayed at the Verviers Museum of Fine Arts, where curious homeowners will be able to lastly see this legend come alive. Source