The cathedral is located in the most lively part of the city, with the greatest environment. This former collegiate church was founded in 966 and became a cathedral in 1802, replacing the great cathedral of Our Lady and St. Lambert which was destroyed during the revolution. It's a large Gothic building which was constructed after the original Church. There are 49 bells at the top of the tower. Don't forget to see the Christ of the Choir and the sixteenth century windows. The cathedral cloister has a valuable collection of treasures mostly from the old church.
This staircase reminds me of Vincent de Bueren, a nobleman ve was a great defender of the city against the Duke Charles. The climb gives way to rest on landings at regular intervals and also with some banks to enjoy a great view of the city, which extends as we ascend. Every year on the first Saturday of October, during the "Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle", the city transforms the stairs by lighting 3000 candles that give a colorful and unique touch. Once we have managed to overcome the 374 steps we climb a few feet (and a short ladder) to reach the citadel of Liege to catch an amazing sight.
The new Calatrava station, opened on September 18, 2009, has 9 tracks and 5 platforms (three 450 m and two 350 m long). The style of the Valencian architect is undeniable. The station building was constructed of steel, glass and concrete and includes a 200 m long dome that rises 35 m high. Also all the tracks near the station were modernized as well due to the high speeds. It's not in the center of Liège, but you it's easily accessible. It connects to most of the main European central stations.
This is the hub of the city, and home to the greatest building, the Palace of the Prince Bishops. In its time, there was a large cathedral, though now nothing remains, only a few metal poles to remind one of its location. Also within walking distance is the fountain of Perron, the town hall, the many shopping centers with the same name and the Archéoforum, which reveals the remains discovered under the Place Saint-Lambert. Its 9,000 years of history immerse the visitor in an underground tour that combines the discovery of the past with contemporary technology.
This is a museum complex named after a famous ammunition manufacturer from Liege, Jean de Court, known as Curtius (1551-1627). It brings together the collections of religious art and Meuse, weapons, decorative arts, glass and archeology. The building are from different periods and all have different styles. Open from 10 to 18h it's closed on Tuesdays.
This is a pretty medieval church from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The interior was renovated in the eighteenth century in the Baroque style and the exterior has regained its original appearance after a much needed restoration. Inside its a real gem, complete with an original baptismal area, one of the seven wonders of Belgium. The hours are worth noting, as in many of the country's museums, from 10 to 12h and 14 to 17h.
The Pont des Arches bridge is the only one of the bridges over the Meuse River that existed during the Middle Ages. It was rebuilt in 1947 and decorated with scenes that are popular throughout Liege. But the most striking and monument is the Fragneé Pont, which was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1905 as an example of the Alexander III bridge in Paris. At each end of it you can see the golden angel playing trumpet on top.
Located in Hombourg-Vogelsang, the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial is one of the largest cemeteries in Belgium. Situated in a natural green area, it's a place of remembrance and respect. It makes for a nice visit when you are in this beautiful province of Liege, because it is a very original cemetery.
This is outstanding. See the 16th century courtyard. The main facade is from the eighteenth century, and the west wing is later. It now houses the provincial courts and administrative offices. Prince Bishop Erard de la Marck was commissioned to give it its current appearance. It consists of two adjacent courtyards, only one of which is accessible. The 60 columns richly decorated with human figures with fantastic and grotesque masks, each is different. They are witness to currents humanist currents of Renaissance thought and the discovery of the New World.
The Benedictine Abbey Church of Santiago was founded in 1015. It is a gothic-style church that was rebuilt between 1514 and1538. The interior is richly decorated with sculptures of Del Cour as well as an organ of the seventeenth century and outstanding stained glass. It also has an outstanding vault with over 150 segments in the nave. It is one of the most beautiful buildings of the city.
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie is the opera company in the city of Liege, Belgium. It is one of the four important Belgian opera houses, the others being those of Brussels (La Monnaie), Ghent and Antwerp (Der Vlaamse Opera). Founded in 1967, the company and the ballet of the same name are based in the Théâtre Royal de Liège, a beautiful building which opened in 1820, designed in the neoclassical style. It was closed during the First World War, but later reopened. The auditorium can accommodate 1033 spectators. It has a great location, standing right in the heart of the city, next to the Palace of the Prince-Bishops.
This church dedicated to St. Denis was founded in 987, by Bishop Notger. The western facade probably formed past of the defensive system of the city. Inside, you'll find beautiful furniture, baroque statues, and an organ. The tower and the nave are Romanesque: do not miss the sixteenth century altarpiece and aisles painted by Lambert Lombard.
The Museum of Liege Aquarium is located in a stunning old building on the banks of the river Meuse. Here you'll find 2500 specimens of 250 species of fish from oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers around the world divided among 46 aquariums. You can also see about 20,000 stuffed animals from all the continents.
The city center of Liege is almost stuck between the Meuse and the Citadel, which is a very high place. When visiting the city, it is impossible not to enjoy the beautiful views and take some pictures! ;) There are several ways to get to the citadel, like a really nice place to pass through the park. However, you should opt for the Rue de la Montagne de Bueren, its up a (very) long staircase leading a beautiful view. The place is ideal for photography lovers, as there is so much to take in, but I advise you to warm up before starting the climb, you will need it! ;) It is highly recommended to visit.
This basilica was founded in the tenth century, but suffered a fire in 1312. The new square tower was completed in 1410. Later additions were made in the sixteenth century, including the nave, the mausoleum of Bishop Eracle, and the Blessed Sacrament chapel. It stands on the mountain of the same name - be sure to rest and get your breath back before starting the ascent!
Its beginnings date back to the year 980 by Prince Bishop Notger. It is inspired by the palace chapel of Charlemagne in Aachen. The building survived until 1754, when it was completely razed and replaced by the current neoclassical building. The Gothic cloister dates from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and retains many tombstones. The tower houses a carillon with 35 bells. Do not miss the medieval statues of the Virgin and St. John and the cloister.
The impressive castle on a rocky outcrop in the valley of Hoyoux, 14 km from Huy. Consists of 2 parts: the castle itself and the hotel (where I stayed one night). The Castle was built in the 13th century, although its current appearance is the result of the reforms introduced in the 17th century by Jean-Gaspard-Ferdinand de Marchin with very Frenchified taste. It's a huge castle, consisting of 20 rooms, each more impressive than the last. Particularly striking is the richly decorated walls and ceilings with stucco (Jean-Christian work Hansche), coffered ceilings, crown molding, and even the pedigree of Count Marchin. You can visit the dining room, the bedroom, the lounge... The rooms have period furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries. Collection of over a thousand pieces of nineteenth century porcelain from France, black marble fireplace, and pictures of Hercules.