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Culture of Liege. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Station Luik-Guillemins Liege is known as a major industrial city, however its rich cultural heritage is priceless. The Palace of the Prince-Bishops built in the beginning of the 11th century is considered the most significant architectural landmark of the city. The last major reconstruction of the palace was held in 1526. The appearance of the palace has scarcely changed since that time. The palace performs a unique fusion of architectural styles. Its strict appearance amazed and delighted Victor Hugo.
The significant landmark of Liege is the Town Hall which was built in the beginning of the 18th century. The fronton of the building presents the Liege emblem and the entrance of the Town Hall is beset with a magnificent memorial tablet. The tablet is put to commemorate Commissar Maigret who was born and lived in Liege. The most unusual and attracting sight of the city is of course the Perron colonnade. Up to 1697 a huge column, which later turned to a part of the fountain, stood on this place.
A really unique sense is put in the heart of this creation of architectural art – it symbolizes the love of life and life energy of the city folks. The fountain is placed a few steps apart from the Town Hall. Traditionally all the city visitors should toss a coin into the fountain. The city has also preserved the ancient religious buildings and constructions. The most impressive one is considered to be the Saint Barthelemy Church which was established in the 11th century. Up to the present moment the church has preserved the choir lofts and nave which was built in the 12th century. The walls of the church keep the priceless religious artifact which is baptistery which was transported to this place in 1804. The author of this creation was Yui Reiner who worked at his masterpiece in the 12th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Many legends and stories are associated with the Church of Saint James. The church features the luxurious decoration of its halls. Visitors can enjoy the ingenious stained glass windows of the 16th century and the majestic paintings on the walls. The ancient statue of the Virgin Mary is also set there. It is made of wood and dates back to the 1523. Among culture establishments the Museum of Archeology and Art is also worth mentioning. It is set in the beautiful building of the 17th century. Among the showpieces of this establishment one will find thousands of unique archeological evidences, exciting collections of paintings and statues to explore which one will need far more than a day.
Orpheus in the Underworld The symbol of the city is the 374-step staircase called Montagne de Bueren. The attraction owes its name to Vincent de Bueren who defended Liege from Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy, in the 15th century. The staircase was built in 1881 to commemorate 600 soldiers who died in that battle. It is worth noting that the staircase has been repeatedly ranked among the most extreme stairs according to the Huffington Post, so tourists should be careful when descending. During the celebration of some events, the staircase is beautifully decorated with flowers, which makes it even more attracting.
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The endpoint of Montagne de Bueren is the viewpoint of Coteaux de la Citadelle. Despite the difficult ascent, the views it offers are worth any effort. Built at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Château de Jehay-Bodegnée is another wonderful place to visit while traveling in Liege. The castle was built on the site of a 13th-century fortress. Restoration of the new castle was needed only in the 19th century. The building's reconstruction and expansion were carried out by the famous architect Alphonse Balat. The castle is notable not only for its neo-Gothic exterior but also for wonderful interior decoration with perfectly preserved antique furniture, musical instruments, tapestries, and works of fine art.
Sonntag in Lüttich Gare de Liege-Guillemins, from which many travelers begin exploring the city, is a prominent attraction built by the architect Santiago Calatrava in 2009. The building is a vivid example of modern architecture - functional and beautiful at the same time. And not only locals who are proud of such a unique sight think so - the building has repeatedly topped lists of the most beautiful stations according to CNN and some blogs. Pont de Fragnée (often called Pont des Anges) built specifically for the 1905 World's Fair is also worth mentioning. The latter was inspired by the famous Alexander III Bridge in Paris. The structure was damaged during the Second World War but successfully restored anew after its end.
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La Cité Miroir is striking in Its original architecture and design. This is an art center built in 2013 in a former swimming pool building. Today, here you can visit one of the wonderful temporary exhibitions. The magnificent masterpiece of modern architecture was erected with the help of companies such as Pierre Beugnier and Triangle Architects. The city also has some wonderful monuments built in memory of the tragic events in its history. For example, after the First World War, here you could find the Memorial Interalliés consisting of Église du Sacré-Coeur de Cointe and the lighthouse Phare de Liège.
Action Statues Nez Rouges Liège Connoisseurs of theatrical art will not get bored in Liege either - great performances can be enjoyed at the Théâtre de l'Aléna. Those who are fond of opera or want to listen to symphonic music concerts will be happy to visit the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège. One more good place for that is The Orchestre Philharmonique Royal. Offering excellent cultural programs, all the buildings feature magnificent architecture, so before you get inside, be sure to admire the design of the cultural institutions for at least a couple of minutes. As for connoisseurs of fine art, it is worth noting that the city has several beautiful galleries offering great collections. One of these is the La Boverie Museum situated on a small "island" surrounded by a picturesque park.
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Le Grand Curtius standing on the Meuse River is primarily remarkable for its stunning exterior. Built of red brick in 1605, it is considered to be a typical example of the Maasland Renaissance style. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the mansion was the residence of the Corte family. Today, it houses a museum that boasts the largest collection in town. Among the exhibits are archaeological finds, works of applied and religious art, weapons of different periods, glass. Get to know the local culture better at the Musee de la Vie Wallonne presenting a collection of 17th-19th-century household items. The cultural institution occupies a beautiful building of the former Franciscan monastery, which is another example of the Maasland Renaissance style.
Les arcades du palais de Justice Cathédrale Saint-Paul de Liège featuring a cloister striking in its decoration and a magnificent garden keeps a priceless collection of sacred art (Trésor de la Cathédrale de Liège). It has gathered valuable objects from various churches in the city. The most valuable ones are St. Lambert's golden bust and the image of Our Lady of the Butterflies made in the Renaissance style. The unique cultural institution Musee Tchantches displays a collection of costumes and household items of local people. The most interesting part of it is puppet shows aimed to demonstrate the life of the indigenous population.
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In the 18th century, Liège was known as a large industrial center, and this is what the Maison de la Métallurgie et de l'Industrie is dedicated to. Among its exhibits are machines, mechanisms, and devices that were used in metallurgy of the 18th-19th centuries. Liege also boasts a rich history of beer production, so it is not surprising that a separate cultural institution - Musée de la Bière et du Péket - is dedicated to the drink. Here you can learn all about the local brewing traditions, taste and buy beer. It is also worth mentioning that history buffs will appreciate the time spent here, as the museum occupies a historically important building.
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Liege Cathedral, Liege

» The city Catholic cathedral is named after St. Paul. It received the status of a cathedral in the 19th century. Local worshipers asked Napoleon for this.
»  The treasury of the church was enriched with artifacts from other destroyed temples. The relics of Saint Lambert are kept here.
»  The founder of the church is bishop Irakli.
»  The building acquired its modern appearance in the 13th-15th century. There are also side belfries. In 1812, the bell tower with a thin sharp spire and high narrow windows was constructed upon the order of Emperor Bonaparte.
»  The cathedral included a monastery. Seven rooms house rare pieces of religious art: books, paintings, sculptures, clergymen’s clothes, ivory statuettes, and handwritten texts.
»  There are stained glass windows made in the 16th century.
»  The exterior of Liege Cathedral has changed many times for several centuries.
»  Today, the cathedral is the residence of the Bishop of Liege.

Church of St. Bartholomew, Liege

» The Church of St. Bartholomew attracts with its exterior. Vertical ledges of red columns contrast with the background of the white sandstone walls.
»  A lot of pilgrims following the road of St. Jacob visited the church.
»  The unfinished building was blessed when the foundation was laid.
»  The Church of St. Bartholomew built in the Roman style is located beyond the city.
»  There are two similar bell towers at the sides of the church.
»  In the hall, you can see paintings by eminent artists. The main theme of canvasses is the glorification of Jesus.
»  You can also see a brass bowl here. A font was built in the 12th century. The bowl is installed on the backs of bulls. There were 12 statues of animals but two of them have been lost. These bulls represent twelve followers of Christ. The walls of the font are decorated with five relief paintings depicting scenes from the life of celestial beings. The fineness of details really impresses. The font is placed on a pedestal in a separate room.
»  The restoration of the building lasted 7 years and was completed in 2006. The colorful ornament on painted walls was renovated. It had to change 10 000 tiles.

Church of Saint-Jean, Liege

» The octagonal church of St. Jean looks bleak and strict.
»  The church is named Saint-Jean-en-Lille, which means “a temple on the island”). The first building was built on the plot surrounded by water.
»  The founder of the church was Bishop Notger. The bishop expressed his gratitude to God for assistance in captivating the Chevremon Fortress. The warrior found rest here. The tomb with his relics was lost due to the overflow of the river. The sarcophagus of the leader was restored but his remnants were not found. The flood gave an impetus to the building reconstruction.
»  Italian and Liege architects worked on the project. Only a bell tower built in the Roman style has survived.
»  At the Saint-Jean-en-Lille, pieces of sacred art are kept: the wooden sculpture of Apostle John and the Mother of God with a baby (1230), paintings from the Late Middle Ages, a carved cross, and wooden lockets depicting St. Paul and Peter. On the altar, there is the preserved gospel dating back to 1564.
»  The interior is distinguished by stained glass windows of the 16th century, furniture on the baroque style, and a carved Gothic vault.

St. Martin Church, Liege

» The church is named after St. Martin, a clergyman who manifested faith in Christ.
»  For several millennia, the sacrament of communion is performed here. Bread and wine represent the Body and Blood of the Holy Spirit.
»  In the Middle Ages, there was a confrontation between craftsmen and noblemen. The nobles did not want to acknowledge quality between them and ordinary people. In 1312, insurgent artisans burned the church and the nobles hiding there. Several hundred people died at that time.
»  The Basilique Saint-Martin was being built at the site of the destroyed construction from 1506 to 1542. The Cross and the statue of the Mother of God have survived since that time.
»  There is a quadrangular tower near the brick Gothic basilica. Stones were produced in local mines.
»  In the religious building, there are the remains of many eminent people. In the sarcophagus of black marble, there are the relics of the abbot of the church who died in 1602. The sculptor who made medallions for the walls was buried here too.
»  On one of the columns at the entrance, you can see the picture of a church maze. It symbolizes the tortuosity of people’s life paths.

Prince-Bishops Palace, Liege

» When Victor Hugo visited the palace, he was impressed by its magnificence and monumentality.
»  The building resembles a quilt made of different fabrics. The construction with wall panels and arched vaults combines different architectural styles.
»  The castle with high walls was built at the beginning of the 11th century. It was surrounded by a moat.
»  After the war in 1734, the southern wall was destroyed but the building was restored. However, it was looted many times.
»  In the 18th century, the building acquired the appearance of the public venue.
»  A hundred years after, the regional government sat here.
»  Nowadays, the building belongs to the local court. The interior of the Palace of the Prince-Bishops has survived. Here, you can see clothes with ornaments, homespun carpets, handmade draperies, and old chimneys of the 16th century.
»  The courtyard is a long indoor area with a high vault. The canopy is supported by 60 columns.
»  The liege mansion has a double name because every king or bishop used the building for his own purposes.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Liege and around
♥   Art museum 'Bonnefanten Museum' Maastricht, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Liege
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert, Liège, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame à Chèvremont, Vaux-sous-Chèvremont / Chaudfontaine, 6.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Banneux, Banneux, 16.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Basiliek, Tongres / Tongeren, 17.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique abbatiale de Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu, Aubel, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Servatius, Maastricht, 25.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Hemelopneming, Maastricht, 25.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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