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Liege Travel Guide

The historical city of Liège is the birthplace of the Emperor Charlemagne (742 – 814) and is situated in the steep-sided valley of the River Meuse just an hour away from Brussels. Liège is the cultural centre of the Wallonia and has an important architectural heritage.

Liège is also famous as the birthplace of the writer Georges Simenon (1903 – 1989), one of the most prolific authors of the 20 th century. The Hill of the Citadel lies just a few steps away from the Place Saint-Lambert, the main square, and is a rich, green space in the heart of the city. The area offers open spaces, terraces and paths which lead to panoramic views over the city. The best way to discover all that Liege has to offer is by foot. Explore the Hors-Château – Féronstrée district. A historic route lined with ancient buildings and fine museums. The commercial activity, including the La Batte market on Sunday and the antiquarian district, emphasise its lively and international character.

What to See in Liege

  • Fine Arts museum of Liege – sculptures, drawings and paintings from the 16th to the 21st century.
  • Montefiore fountain – The water carrier by Léopold Harzé (Liège 1831-1893).
  • Musée d’Ansembourg – Museum of decorative arts, established in an elegant patrician residence (1738-1741). It houses a large collection of Liège sculpted and marquetry furniture of the 18th century.
  • Collegiate church of Saint-Bartholomew – Dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.
  • Montagne de Bueren with 374 steps – A work of art characteristic of the early 19th century, giving direct access from the barracks of the Citadel to the town centre.
  • Royal Opera of Wallonia – The royal theatre was built between 1818 and 1822 on the site of the former Dominican convent.
  • Collégiale Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste – The collegiate church of St. John the Evangelist was founded in c. 980 by prince-bishop Notger.

Outremeuse District

  • The Outremeuse is a lively and popular district and a place steeped in folklore.
  • Pont des Arches – The only bridge in town between the Middle Ages and the 19th century. Rebuilt in 1947
  • Place Sainte-Barbe : le Balloir – The square, with its two fountains, was created by the architect Charles Vandenhove.
  • Place du Congrès – This square was built at the end of the 19th century. A bust of Georges Simenon stands in its centre.

The Prince-Bishops’ Palace Liège

The Prince-Bishops’ Palace of Liège is on place Saint-Lambert in the centre of Liège, Belgium. It once faced St. Lambert’s Cathedral. Its imposing facade dominates the end of the place St-Lambert, centre of commercial life in Liège, where St Lambert’s Cathedral formerly stood. The great courtyard is surrounded by galleries of arcades and 60 massives and elegant columns. The variety of the decoration of these columns is extraordinary. The second courtyard which is reached from the interior of the palace is more intimate and is closed to the public except on rare occasions such as heritage days.

The Perron

The Perron is a symbol of justice of Prince-Bishop of Liège . Century after century, the Perron was also claimed as a symbol of freedom and communal autonomy under the old regime. It consists of a column on a pedestal, surmounted by a pine cone and a cross. The origin is obscure and probably pagan. In the Principality of Liege , it was the place where laws and regulations would have been declared to the public. It was the symbol of authority and autonomy

St Paul’s Cathedral

Liège Cathedral, otherwise St. Paul’s Cathedral, Liège, in Liège, Belgium, is the seat of the Bishopric of Liège. It became the cathedral of Liège in the first years of the 19th century as the replacement for the destroyed St. Lambert’s Cathedral. In 1812, further to a request from Napoléon Bonaparte, the tower, with its ogival windows, was raised by a storey and the belltower installed. The apse, constructed in the 14th century in the Rayonnant style, is pentagonal.

Curtius Museum, Liège

The Curtius Museum (Musée Curtius) is a museum of archaeology and decorative arts, located on the bank of the Meuse River in Liège, classified as a Major Heritage of Wallonia. Housing the collections of the archaeology, weaponry, decorative arts, religious art and Mosan art museums. Its collections include Bonaparte, First Consul (1804)

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