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Liège, Luik, Lidje; Lüttich; Lieja

Liège is the third biggest city in Belgium, located in Wallonia (the French-speaking region), near the eastern borders with the Netherlands and Germany. The city is crossed by the Meuse River.
The Liège-Guillemins train station, designed by Santiago Calatrava, was the first sight of Liège and indeed a good prelude of the beautiful city.

Market Square and St. Lambert Square are in the city center. In Market Sq. you can see the Perron, the symbol of the city, which was once the symbol of justice in the Prince-Bishopric. It stands in front of the City hall built in the 17th century.

In this area is also the Prince-Bishops' Palace (Palais des Princes- Évêques), a great palace which houses now the Justice court and some offices of the provincial services. The old cathedral dedicated to St. Lambert was once in front of the Palace, in the place now occupied by St. Lambert Square. Under the square is Archéoforum, where you can see the foundations of the old cathedral and the previous churches erected on this place as well as other archaeological remains. On the same square is one of the Tourist information offices of Liège.

Between 922 and 1015, seven collegiate churches were built in Liège, enriching the religious heritage of the city: Saint Peter (922), Saint Martin (965), Saint Paul (965 to 971), Holy Cross (980), Saint John the Evangelist (981), Saint Denis (987) and Saint Bartholomew (1015). All of them except Saint Peter still stand. Some of them can be visited only in the afternoon. We visited Saint Paul collegiate church, which is the present cathedral of Liège, with an interesting interior and a treasure worth to see; St. John the Evangelist, which with its octagonal shape is similar to the Palatine Chapel of Aachen; and St. Denis.

Don?t miss the Citadel. There are few remains of military buildings (in fact there is a hospital on the top), but the view of the city from the park is fantastic. From the Citadel we walked down the 400 steps stairway Montagne de Bueren to go back to the city center.

  • Last visit to Liège: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Thanks for the interesting page! I didn't realize the Churches dated to soooo long ago! Like the modern train station too!

    • Aitana's Profile Photo
      Nov 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Hi Dee, thnaks for visiting my page! As in many places all over Belgium, there are many old churches in Liege, worth to visit.

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Sí, lo vi ayer por la tele! Sacaron una toma muy buena de la estación.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Por aquí anda el Tour estos días

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    What an amazing looking train station!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    I?m glad you enjoyed your visit to Liège. I also stayed at the Husa Couronne Hotel and was quite satisfied with it, especially since it has such a great location just across the street from the new railroad station.

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    nice detailed page! Impressive train station but I'm tired of Calatrava's architecture! :)

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    What an interesting page and introduction to the city - we still have so much to see in the country of one of our nearest neighbours. Thanks Carmen.


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