The heart of a former mayor
has been found in this city
Location: Verviers, Belgium
People suspected it was buried under this fountain
but now diggers have finally confirmed
what was thought to be an urban myth
(SOUNDBITE) (French) VERVIERS CITY COUNCILLOR FOR PUBLIC WORK, MAXIME DEGEY, SAYING:
"During the work on the David fountain, we had the great privilege and the great luck to find a small box which contains the heart of the former mayor, Pierre David. Official texts mentioned the presence of this box but no one really believed it. This box is indeed there and we found it."
David was the city’s first mayor
after Belgium gained independence
He was still in office when he died
after falling from a building in 1839
Authorities built a fountain in his honor
and buried his heart underneath it in 1883
SOUNDBITE) (French) VERVIERS CITY COUNCILLOR FOR PUBLIC WORK, MAXIME DEGEY, SAYING:"Afterwards, when work is completed, we will respect the wishes of our ancestors and the wishes of the elected politicians of the time. The heart and its box will be put back under the totally renovated fountain."