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Liège: A glimpse at one of Belgium's best kept secrets

Updated on January 20, 2014
Floor detail, St Paul Cathedral, Liège
Floor detail, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

See A Little Color That Most People Miss

Read the back cover of just about any tourist guide of Belgium and you’re sure to hear to get an eye full of Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and perhaps a couple other destinations. One place that you’re unlikely to see is Liège. In many ways, this is a bit odd. As one of the country’s main cities, it is also one of its oldest and most colorful in terms of its past (spending a good 800 years as an independent city state that was constantly invaded and ruled by “Prince-Bishops” is bound to leave a few marks on the city as well as the population). Unfortunately, it’s the city’s comparatively recent industrial past which gets most of the press with travel guides as well as – having been invaded countless times – Liège doesn’t look like it was kept in a glass jar like a museum piece in the way Bruges does. However, for the traveler who is willing to explore, turn a few blind corners and walk (a lot…Liège is not only spread out but can be quite vertical in its layout due to its location in a valley).


Here are just a few examples of how a half day walking around the city can reward any visitor. If many of the flowing pictures seem a little detail oriented, that’s a reflection of the ultimate treasure of the city’s thousand year past: an endless supply of “little things” that will catch your eye. After 20 years of roaming the city, I still see something new (which clearly isn’t!) each and every time I go.


Should you find yourself with a day on your hands in Belgium, take a shot and check it out!


Stained glass detail, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

Inner Courtyard, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

Painted Wood Carving Of St John the Baptist, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

Detail of Pew, St Jacques, Liège

Detail of Sculpture, St Jacques, Liège

Organ, St Jacques, Liège

Ceiling Detail, St Jacques, Liège

Lengthwise View, St Jacques, Liège

Ceiling, St Jacques, Liège

Mount van Bueren, Liège

Typical "Impasse" (Alley), Liège

Another Typical "Impasse" (Alley), Liège

Inside of Stained Glass Around Inner Courtyard, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

Detail of Spire, St Paul Cathedral, Liège

Peket: Refreshment of Choice in Liège, Maison du Peket, Liège

Where's Liège?

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Lovely photos - I must now add another place to my must-see list - famous for music, the formation of guilds, and St. Martin's (and other) lovely churches. Thanks for the guided tour.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Darryl

      Thank you for the tour around Liege. I know I would enjoy walking around and exploring this beautiful city. Love your pictures.

      Voted up away

      Have a good day :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for the wonderful adventure you took me on through your very beautiful photos . All though i love them all my favorite photo is Lengthwise View, St Jacques, Liège. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Thank you for the wonderful journey through pictures of Liege. Beautiful land.

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Some very impressive photography in this hub. I visited Belgium a good few years ago and stayed in Ostend. The excursions offered by the holiday company whilst I was there included the places you mention above, however I don't recall Liege as being one of them. After reading your hub that appears to be a great pity given what it has to offer. Voted up