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Liege - Main attractions

The spirit of Liege comes to life on August 15th. Spend some time on the Right Bank during the town's annual festivities. Alternatively, come in December and spend some time visiting the Christmas markets or even the Sunday flea market all along the Left Bank (Quai de la Batte).

Liege is also full of impressive architecture, religious buildings and museums. For more information on each of the museums, contact the Belgian Tourist Office-Brussels and Wallonia in London. However, here's some information about the attractions that await you in this diverse and impressive town.

The Cathedral and its treasure-house: The bulk of the treasure comes from the old Cathedral of Saint Lambert, which once stood on what is now known as the “Place St Lambert” in front of the Palace of the Prince-Bishop. Part of these remarkable artefacts are two marvellous sculpted ivory pieces dating back to the 11th Century, a bust of Saint-Lambert from the early 16th Century and the reliquary offered in 1471 by Charles the Bold.

The Baptism Fonts of the Saint-Bartholomew church: The most ancient church of Liege houses a remarkable font for baptisms, sculpted in brass and dating back to the 12th Century. It is an authentic masterpiece considered as one of the 7 marvels of Belgium.

The House of Ironworks and Industry: Liege was once the heart of the Industrial Revolution on the Continent and the coal and steel industries are a great part of its heritage.

A walk through 10 rooms with the English audio-guide in will take you on a trip through four centuries of technology. The oldest kiln in the country, a spectacular steam engine, the prototype of Zenobe Gramme's dynamo, the extremely rare ancestor of the computer, Napoleon's zinc bath-tub are only a few of the unusual items which can be seen.

A visit to Liege can be a cultural visit in all its meanings. Not only will you see history and art but you will meet the people and experience the spirit of the city especially when you take the time to wonder through Liege's streets.

Rue Hors-Chateau: the most famous street in Liège old town owes its name to the fact that it was built outside the city’s first surrounding wall (10th century). In the 14th century, the Hors Chateau district became the headquarters for both the Nobility and the religious institutions. We can still see today some ancient patrician houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, among which some adorned with rich signs.

Les Impasses: these are these typical alleyways criss-crossing the old town’s houses. Most of the staffs who were working for the Hors-Chateau’s  private hotels used to live there. 

Le Perron: this is one of the most famous Liège landmarks.The monument consists of a fountain circled by archs. The archs are surmounted by a statue at the summit of which we can see the Group of the Three Graces, a 1697 sculpture by Jean Delcour. The Three Graces carry a fir cone planted by a crucifix. After the sack of Liège in 1468 by Charles the Bold, Le Perron was taken to nothern Belgium, then was eventually brought back to Liège in 1478 by Charles the Bold‘s daughter Mary of Burgundy. 

Under the rule of the Bishopric of Liège, le Perron was the monument around which the inhabitants would gather to listen to new regulations, pastoral letters and edits proclaimed by the Bishopric of Liège. Special prizes and banishments were also proclaimed there. The Perron was first the symbol of the Prince-Bishopric’s authority, then became later on the symbol of the town, to eventually represents the freedom of the inhabitants of Liège. 

Liège-Guillemins High Speed Railway station: this railway station is an impressive futuristic masterpierce which was enterely rebuilt according to the architectural plans by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The station was inaugurated in 2009 and has since become an architectural landmark of Liège. 



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