Hôtel de Ville


At night the 1719 city hall glows lugubriously in its blood-red spotlights. By day it commands Liège’s charming, if modestly sized, original main square, Pl du Marché, where trees shelter two elegant fountains and a series of street cafes beneath a fine row of traditional house fronts.

Behind the square, but only visible from a distance, rises the unusual dome of inaccessible Église St-André, shaped like a Teutonic knight’s pointed helmet.

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2. Archéoforum

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3. Former Palace of the Prince-Bishops

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4. Tchantchès Pilot Sculpture

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Beside the St-Lambert bus stops is this cartoonesque figure piloting a little metal aeroplane: Liège’s mascot and oldest ‘citizen’, the big-nosed wooden…

5. Montagne de Bueren


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6. Musée d’Ansembourg

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7. Église Collégiale St-Barthélemy

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8. Grand Curtius

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