ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visiting Place des Franchises, Liège, Belgium: cobbled square dominated by the tower of Sainte-Marie-des-Anges church

Updated on December 14, 2012
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Belgium | Source
Place des Franchises, Liège
Place des Franchises, Liège | Source
Place des Franchises, Liège
Place des Franchises, Liège | Source
Place des Franchises, Liège
Place des Franchises, Liège | Source
Place des Franchises, Liège
Place des Franchises, Liège | Source
Map location of Liège, Belgium
Map location of Liège, Belgium | Source

Seemingly almost unchanged for a century

One of the striking features of this square, called place des Franchises , in Liège, Belgium, is its shape. It forms a literal square, but set in a diagonal pattern against the direction of the main thoroughfare which passes through it. Another significant characteristic — a throwback of many decades' standing, is the fact that the various roads which surround the square are cobbled (1).

The square has a late 19th and early 20th century 'feel' to it. Many of the house frontages are in typically familiar Belgian red or multicoloured brick, with some of the properties having rather ornate gables and windows, or mansard roofing.

Dominating the Square is the church building dedicated to Sainte-Marie-des-Anges dates from 1874, replacing in practical terms a previous church building in the vicinity known as la chapelle du Paradis (2). This church building contains an organ by Pereboom & Leyser of Maastricht, dating from 1876, which, during World War Two, was damaged by aerial bombardment; it underwent repair and refurbishment in 1945 and in 1972. The clockface, set in the roof of the tower, underwent repair in recent years. The main frontage incorporates a simple rose window, of a variety seen more often, and in larger scale, in Medieval cathedrals. Features of the building's design include the frequency of rounded arching, combined with other arches which are acutely pointed, the most prominent of which is over the main entrance. The building's architect was Eugène Halkin.

Converging on the square are rue de Sclessin and rue Auguste-Buisseret , which constitute the main thoroughfare through the vicinity. At the other diagonal points of the square are rue du Mambour and rue de l'Etat Tiers. The surrounding Guillemins suburb has in recent years undergone considerable changes and building work, especially in the vicinity of the city's central railroad station, situated there. But at place des Franchises, the impression one comes away with is that the square, with its dominant church tower, has largely remained unchanged for a century and that, in some curious sense, time has stood still.

The church of Sainte-Marie-aux-Anges is situated at place des Franchises, 13, Liège, in Belgium's Walloon region (French: Région wallonne).

December 15, 2012

Note

(1) I recall, deacdes back, being driven through the city of Liège over its cobbled roadways, which — especially years ago — abounded. Coupled with the evident vigour with which Liège drivers typically impelled their vehicles — often small Citroëns and FIATs screaming their small engines at high revolutions — over these cobbles, I wonder to this day how much extra business was generated for local tire vendors by this quaint and even destructive road surface!

(2) Despite this appellation, the former chapel's name did not derive from any theological aspirations, but rather from the more thoroughgoingly secularized pleasure-seeking for which the local, Guillemins suburb was formerly more well known. The chapel which Sainte-Marie-des-Anges replaced was demolished in 1881.

Also worth seeing

In Liège itself, other visitor attractions include: the Cointe Basilica and other, fine ecclesiastical architecture, some of it Medieval; the Zénobe Gramme Monument close to the Fragnée Bridge; the Perron; the Bueren Mountain; the equestrian statue of Charlemagne, and many 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. You are advised to check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information. Please 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.

For your visit, these items may be of interest

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)