Liege Sights and Landmarks Guide, Belgium
Liege takes pride in its one thousand years old history and its location in the heart of Europe. Because the city had been the capital of a principality for 800 years, Liege holds an extraordinary blend of culture and architecture. Liege Sights welcome every visitor with warmth and splendor.
Liege Sights – Religious Buildings
During the city’s beginnings, it became very significant in the world of religion or the ecclesiastical. At one point, Liege was ruled over by a prince-bishopric. As a result, many churches were built throughout the city. Today, a lot of these churches still stand and are a part of the city’s attractions.
Saint Bartholomew Church. Located at the exterior of the city walls, this church was built at the latter part of the 11th century with an impressive Ottonian style. The interior of the church boasts an 18th century French Baroque influence and its western part is being restored to the initial Romanesque design. The most popular feature of the church is the brass baptismal fonts built in the 12th century. These baptismal fonts are regarded as one of the country’s seven wonders.
Saint Paul Cathedral. This religious edifice was established as a church in the 10th century and was accorded the cathedral rank in the 19th century. Saint Paul Cathedral is known for its minimalist style and harmony. Visitors will find interesting pieces in the cathedral such as stained-glass windows, Christ’s figure made of white marble, and outstanding fixtures from the 1800s.
Liege Sights – Museums
The city of Liege has a few of the most fascinating museums in Belgium. Their collections of art and historical artifacts are among the most beguiling in the country.
Museum of Walloon Art. The museum concentrates in displaying the artworks from the province of Walloon including the ones from Liege. Most of the works exhibited in this museum are between the 16th and 20th century. The Walloon fine arts are housed in an American-looking 4-storey building. Some of the works displayed in this museum are by artists like Lambert Lombard, Jean Latour, Leonard Defrance, and Rene Magritte.
Museum Curtius. The house, which is now known as the Curtius Museum, was once owned by Jean de Corte. This house is noted as one of the most extraordinary buildings in the city. The artifacts found in this museum provide visitors with a wide-range of the city’s decorative arts and archaeology. Most of the displays are from Liege’s Medieval Era up to the 18th century.
Liege Sights – Outdoors
The outdoor attractions in Liege Sights add to the city’s beauty. Visitors who are not very keen on closed spaces will surely enjoy the open-air attractions found in the city.
Liege Botanic Gardens. This attraction is known as the only true botanical garden in Wallonia. It has a number of Victorian-style greenhouses and an arboretum. Here, visitors will find a great variety of plant species; around 5,000 plants from the tropics and 170 groups of shrubs and trees.
The Citadel. Walking along the 86-hectare Citadel, visitors will definitely enjoy the view of the hillside along with some of the ruins of the city’s past. The Citadel has a total of 60 historical monuments and 5 heritage sites.
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