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Visiting Place de Bronckart, Liège, Belgium: historic, leafy seclusion

Updated on May 22, 2017
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Belgium | Source
View of place de Bronckart, Liegge.
View of place de Bronckart, Liegge. | Source
Place de Bronckart, Liege Guillemins (Belgium).
Place de Bronckart, Liege Guillemins (Belgium). | Source
View of place de Bronckart, Liege.
View of place de Bronckart, Liege. | Source

A sedate address

Seclusion is a leitmotif for Liège's Place de Bronckart. It is situated close to busy thoroughfares: Rue des Guillemins and Rue du Plan Incliné.

The surrounding suburb is called Guillemins, known for the city's main railroad station, which certainly carries the idea of anything but quiet, still environment.

However, Place de Bronckart is indeed a rather quiet space. Flanked on various sides by protected, heritage buildings, it consists of a sedate, leafy square.

The square really consists of two sections which are divided by an avenue known as Place de Bronckart, the name also given to three of the square's four sides; the remaining side of the square is known as Rue de Chestret.

The whole constitutes a rather secluded, quiet locality. The frontages of a number of the buildings facing the square are Neoclassical properties in excess of a century old, some of them with balconies.

But also historically, what is now Place de Bronckart represented seclusion in another sense. On this spot, centuries ago, stood a convent. While the suburb is known as Guillemins, the religious institution which formerly stood here was known as the 'Couvent des Guillemites'. Seclusion, then, in a different sense!

The square is name for Joseph de Bronckart, an earlier pioneer of primary education.

In character, the square is predominantly a residential district.

Place de Bronckart is situated in the city and province of Liège, in Belgium's Walloon region (French: Region wallonne).

May 22, 2017

Note: Portions of this site do not support French accents; thus some French spellings are given minus these.

Some sourcing: Wikipedia

Old houses, Place de Bronckart
Old houses, Place de Bronckart | Source
Map location of the Liege area
Map location of the Liege area | Source

Also worth seeing

In Liège , visitor attractions include considerable examples of ecclesiastical architecture; the former Prince-Bishops' Palace; the Perron steps; the former central post office building; the Cointe basilica; the University's main building at place du 20 août ; the Fragnée Bridge; the Zénobe Gramme Monument; the Bueren Mountain; and others.


How to get there: Brussels Airlines flies from New York (JFK) to Brussels Airport, where car hire is available (distance from Brussels Airport to Liège : 94 kilometres). The Belgian railroad company SNCB maintains a service from Brussels to Liège . Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information. You are advised to refer to appropriate consular sources for any special border crossing arrangements which may apply to citizens of certain nationalities.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

Of interest

Michelin Map Belgium: South, Ardenne 534 (Maps/Regional (Michelin))
Michelin Map Belgium: South, Ardenne 534 (Maps/Regional (Michelin))

This detailed series seems to set the standard for maps of the area. I myself have been familiar for decades with Michelin maps of the Benelux countries.



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