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This statue of a shepherd with his sheeps can be found on the right side of the Zimmer tower and refers to the people of Lier being called schapekoppen (sheep heads).
What's the story behind this name?
Long ago, there was room for one more cattle market and university. The cities of Lier and Leuven were selected. Lier was offered first choice, and picked the cattle market because at that time a sheep market (wool) was important for the flourishing textile industry. Leuven got the university.
Unfortunately, the Flemish textile industry lost the battle against foreign competition and died. The university of Leuven, however, has been growing continuously, and is even today a very important university city.
Because of the bad choice made back then, the people of Lier still carry the nick name "schapekoppen" (sheep heads) today.
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