Visit Liège, Belgium: Six attractions not to be missed | Private jet charter
Liège – located in the Wallonia region in the east of Belgium – is a city that offers visitors a wealth of historical museums and churches as well as a fascinating medieval old town. Here are six Liège attractions to visit.
Opéra Royal de Wallonie
Liège’s grand opera house – now a listed building – was built in 1820 and has seating for one thousand guests. Its Italianate architecture and interiors were restored in 2012 returning the space to its full glory, with modern sound acoustic enhancements.
Museum of Walloon Life
Discover the life and culture in this part of Belgium with a visit to the fascinating Museum of Walloon Life. There are more than 350,000 exhibits on show in this 17th-century former monastery, including temporary exhibitions in the ground floor chapter house. The upper rooms are showcasing festivals and crafts, while the top floors are dedicated to cheese making and other local crafts. Don’t miss the Museum of Religious Art which is next door.
Church of Saint-Barthélemy
With its distinctive towers, the Church of Saint-Barthélemy is a fine example of Rhine and Mosan Romanesque architecture and has paintings by Flémalle and Fisen. The bronze font is particularly notable as it is supported by 12 bulls representing the Apostles.
Museum of Modern Art
Head to the Parc de Boverie to enjoy this superb collection of 19th and 20th-century art. You’ll find paintings by Monet, Chagall, Picasso and Pissarro among home-grown talent de Smet and Delvaux. There’s a copper engraving gallery here too.
Walk along the Meuse River
Enjoy a peaceful walk along the banks of the river Meuse. Alongside historic inns (Maison Havart) and pretty bridges (Pont des Arches) the riverbank meanders down to the fascinating Liège quays. The daily Batte Market is held on the Quai de La Batte, and there’s a flea market here each Sunday.
In medieval times, Liège’s most powerful guilds were located along Feronstrée: forges, iron and metal workers in this street that runs from Liège market square through the old town to the charming Church of Saint-Barthélemy. The Museum of Walloon Art is here showcasing local artists such as Lambert Lombard and Jean Delcour. Stop at the Michel Willems House – once a family home this living museum shows how the bourgeoisie lived in the 18th century.
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