Liege is a major city located in Belgium with a population of about 175,000 people. The city has been around since it was settled by the Romans and is credited as being responsible for Christianization of the region. Many of the musicians from this city were recruited to play for Pope Clement VI. The city is known for the many types of churches including the oldest dating from 682.
Strategically this city has been a target of many different armies over the centuries. Even after the city was reinforced with a castle on a hill overlooking the city, it still faced many threats from other armies. The city was practically destroyed in 1468 when King Louis XI and Duke Charles the Bold attacked the city. In 1794 the city was captured during the French Revolution. A full class revolt of the working classes happened in 1886. Troops called in to quell the rebellion only spurred more unrest.
Twelve forts were place around the city in 1880 to provide defence. The forts did little to stop the Germans in 1940 when they captured the city in only three days. Today, Liege is recognized as a socialist city and it has seen a huge increase in its revenues after the creation of the European Union.
Travel to Liege By Eurostar
Travel to this cultural city can be done by using the Eurostar London to Brussels train. The trip is very convenient and free of stress. Eurostar train is a special train that provides high-speed travel to help the people of London connect to Paris, Brussels, Lille and many other great destinations in Europe. While this trip using Eurostar may cost a little more than the inexpensive flights and ferries, the punctuality, high-speed access, and on board facilities make this the choice that everyone should make when travelling to Europe. You can visit Liege by using Eurostar that has partnered with several other train companies in the United Kingdom.
Travelling to Liege is easy and can be done for about £288.00 depending on the number of stops and the date you choose to travel on.
Attractions in Liege
Many Renaissance style buildings, monuments, museums, and Roman ruins are available for those who are interested in this fine city. Chateaus and citadels are examples of the city fine architecture.
The Aquarium and Zoological Museum contains the city's neoclassical works and includes an aquarium that is very popular with children and the younger crowds. Visitors can enjoy shows that feature sharks and see entire specimens of Australia's Great Barrier Reef that were collected in 1966. This aquarium has more than twenty-five hundred examples of marine species.
Museum of Walloon Art is very small but contains an impressive collection of art and sculpture from many well-known and some not so well-known artists. Rene Magritte, Pierre Alechinsky, and Constant Meunier are just a few of the featured artist.
Church of St. Jacques displays a mixture of Renaissance, Romanesque, and Gothic Flamboyant styles. The vaulted ceiling is considered one of the most impressive examples of church interiors.
Val Saint Lambert Crystal Factory is an amazing place to visit if only to see the craftsmen working on hand-blown crystal. The building also has many examples of archaeology form the thirteenth, sixteenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
Liege Cathedral has many priceless treasures including a white marble and oak pulpit from the thirteenth century. You can see gold reliquary that once belonged to the Duke Charles the Bold. A bas-relief in the building is said to contain a piece of the true cross. St. Lambert's Cathedral is said to contain the skull of the saint.
St. Bartholomew Church has two twin towers that date back to the early eleven hundreds. It is considered the most historic treasure because it contains a masterpiece that depicts the Mosan Art style popular during the Middle Ages. Events in Liege
The range of events available in this city includes cruises, shopping, flowers, exhibits, and music.
Jazz a Liege is an annual event that takes place in May and it provides an affordable access to music including Jazz. A large range of affordable concerts featuring artist from every aspect of the city's population. The International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts is an annual event that showcases photographs and other visual arts. The two month long show is very popular with visitors.
The Floralies Flower Show takes place every April and allows people to enjoy the delicate scents and wonderful gardens. More than forty-four square meters of flowers. The show has flower-strewn gardens that contain seeds from horticultural plants from the early nineteenth century.
Cruise the Meuse and enjoy boarding the Sarcelle IV and explore the city by water. From April to October, you can enjoy an hour long boat ride over the glittering river. You can escape the crowds and enjoy the leisurely voyage. Leige Christmas Market provides visitors with a huge market to buy and sell Christmas goods. More than 190 decorated chalets that you can enjoy during the holiday season each year.
Nightlife in Liege
Liege has a pedestrian only district that provides access to shopping during the day and dancing after dark.
Popular Nightclubs in Liege
Opera Royal de Wallonie
Theatre Royal de LAC
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege
Theatre des Marionettes
Al Botroule Museum
Le Pot au Lait
Le Vaudree 2
Maison du Peket
Hotels in Liege
There are many hotels with amenities that will meet most people's needs including restaurants, bars, babysitting services, smoke-free rooms, and access to the many sites in town.
Popular Hotels in Liege
Best Western Hotel Universe
Le Cygne d'Argent
Ramada Plaze Liege City Centre
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