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is the main regional city in the province of Liège. It is also Belgium's
third largest city, and is the largest centre in Wallonia.
Liège has been an
important city since the early Middle Ages. It was the capital of the prince-bishopry
of Liège, which remained an independent state until the French Revolution.
In the 19th century it became an early centre of industrialism. The central
area of Liège presents itself as a rather interesting mix of a historic
town centre (dotted with a few extremely brutalist buildings from the 1960s
and 70s), a rather elegant new town with wide boulevards, tall apartment
buildings (some Art Deco) and a few pretty parks. The outskirts of Liège
consist mainly of large industrial complexes and working-class areas, sprawling
over the hills that surround the city.
Attractions - Historic
The Palace of the Prince-Bishops
- Composed of the Palace of Justice (classic façade at Place Saint
Lambert 18) and the Provincial Palace (lateral neo-gothic façade
at place Notger 2). This palace is the heart of the city, and represents
the political power of the old Prince-Bishops of Liège.
The representation of their
religious power was the large Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and Saint
Lambert, torn down at the start of the 19th century after the revolution
of Liège and today memorialized by metal columns and a design traced
on the ground.
There's also an underground
archéoforum, an archeological site with the remains of the three
(successive) cathedrals on the site, as well as a building from Roman times.
(Open 10AM-6PM except Monday, 4€, +32 (0)4 250 9370.)
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At Place Saint Lambert 9-17,
you can admire the neo-classic façades, dating from the late 19th
and early 20th centuries
The Town Hall, Perron,
and houses along the market square. The town hall (place du Marché,
2), also called "La Violette", is an elegant classic building. It was built
in 1714, during reconstruction after the French attacks in 1691. It can
be visited on rare occasions only, except for the "salle des pas perdus"
- "room of lost steps" which is freely accessible. The houses on the square,
with their charming blue stone and brick faces, date from the same period.
The Perron, symbol of the city's freedom, is at the center of the square
above the fountain that acts as its support. The perron is one of the symbols
of the city and was used to render justice.
The streets Hors Château
and En Feronstrée are worth a visit for the architecture of
the large villas and more modest houses, most dating to the 18th century.
In particular, the Hôtel d’Ansembourg at Feronstrée 114, now
a museum, is worth visiting for the well-preserved original interior (1-6PM
except Mondays, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9402).
The Museum of Walloon Art
(en Féronstrée 86), a bit further along in a modern building,
has a panorama of works by regional painters since the Roman times. (Open
1-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4:30PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9231).
The Curtius Palace, quai
de Maestricht 13. This imposing 8-story building from the start of the
17th century was the store of a rich arms merchant. The nearby Hôtel
de Hayme de Bomal (quai de Maestricht 8 and rue Feronstrée 122)
was an official building under French rule and twice welcomed Napoleon.
These two buildings and several other historic buildings provide the backdrop
for the Museum Grand Curtius with its art and history collections (reopening
Church (rue Saint Barthélémy 2) was the last of 7 "collégiales
liégeoises" to be built, near the end of the 11th century. Recently
renovated, it is home to the masterwork of the Liège goldsmiths
from the Middle Ages: the baptismal fonts from the old parish church of
the cathedral. (Open 10-12AM and 2-5PM from Monday to Saturday, 2-5PM Sundays,
1,25€, +32 (0)4 223 4998).
The Museum of Wallonian Life
is an ethnological museum hosted in an old convent. (Cour des Mineurs,
closed for renovation until spring 2008, +32 (0)4 237 9040).
The Museum of Religious Art
(rue Mère Dieu 1) will be integrated into the future Museum Grand
Curtius, but can now be visited separately. (Open 11AM-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4PM
Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 4225).
The Mountain of Bueren
and the slopes of the Citadel. Climb the imposing staircase of 373
steps, or opt for the smaller streets and stairways leading up to the Citadel's
slopes. From the top, you'll have a lovely view of the city, from the Palace
rooves to the ancient watchtower.
The streets Fond Saint Servais,
Pierreuse and du Péry are typically quaint and lead up
to the remains of the old citadel, with an ancient well, a monument commemorating
the Second World War, and in particular a superb view over the city.
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Husa de la Couronne
Husa Couronne is located
in liege, belgium, 1.5 kilometres from the Museum of Modern and Contemporary
Art. The Palais des Congres is two kilometres away. The hotel offers
a concierge desk, bar, and complimentary wireless internet access.
Guestrooms Include air conditioning, flatscreen televisions with cable,
and hair dyers. high-speed internet access and newspapers are complimentary.
Situated In Liege, four
kilometres from the town centre, the Premiere Classe Liege/Luik is 95 kilometres
from the city of Brussels. Brussels Airport is 89 kilometres from the hotel.
The hotel houses its own restaurant. Motorists will find complimentary
parking available on site. The nearest cinema is 12 kilometres of the hotel,
and golfers will find a course five kilometres away. The 70 guestrooms
at Premiere Classe Liege/Luik are accessible by wheelchair.