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19th-Century Mayor’s heart found entombed

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For more than a century, residents of Verviers, Belgium, have circulated a macabre legend befitting an Edgar Allen Poe story: namely, that the preserved heart of the city’s first mayor is buried in a fountain in the city’s center.

Now, a construction crew has proven the terrifying tale true, reports Philippe Collette for Belgian news agency RTBF.

On August 20, workers conducting renovations discovered a rusted case stowed in the upper section of the stone fountain. Though city officials tell CNN’s Rob Picheta that the locked casket has not yet been opened, they believe it contains the long-rumored organ.

Per BBC News, an inscription on box notes that “The heart of Pierre David was solemnly placed in the monument on 25 June 1883.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heart-belgian-city-mayor-180975708/

More info and images here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53985562

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