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Visiting Place des Nations-Unies, Liège, Belgium: Residential Square on the Former Plaine Des Vennes

Updated on June 25, 2019
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Belgium | Source
Liège : Junction of avenue du Luxembourg and rue de Spa, from place des Nations-Unies.
Liège : Junction of avenue du Luxembourg and rue de Spa, from place des Nations-Unies. | Source
Official poster for the Universal Exhibition of 1905, Liège
Official poster for the Universal Exhibition of 1905, Liège | Source

Recalling the Plaine des Vennes developed for the Universal Exhibition of 1905

Place des Nations-Unies, Liège, in Belgium's Walloon region (French: Région wallonne), might date from its naming from after World War Two, but the surrounding area — the Plaine des Vennes — was first developed for the Universal Exhibition of 1905 (1), Liège. I have supplied a copy, above, of an official poster for the event. In the photo of the poster, the Plaine des Vennes is clearly visible.

Close to Place des Nations-Unies is Avenue du Luxembourg (see photo, below), which has many houses with ornate frontages which date from the early 20th century. Also visible in the photo in the distance is Eglise Saint-Vincent (1), dating from 1930, the dome of which is a well known and highly conspicuous landmark in Liège, overlooking the Meuse River, at Quai Mativa.

Even closer to Places des Nations-Unies than the Meuse RIver is the Ourthe River, which flows into the Meuse at Quai Mativa.

June 24, 2019


(1) This world fair received 7 million visitors, and was held between April 27 and November 6, 1905. The exhibition was first due to be held in 1903, but pushed back to 1905, whereupon it was deemed to be in commemoration both of Belgium's 75 years of independence and of 40 years of the reign of King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909). In fact, the driving force behind the exhibition was for it to be a showcase for Belgian manufactured goods, known for their quality and abundance given the fact that Belgium was the world's second industrialized country, after Great Britain.

(2) The architect of Eglise Saint-Vincent, Liège, was Robert Toussaint; the structure was noted in its use of copper for its conspicuous dome and of reinforced concrete.

Some sourcing: Wikipedia

Liège : Place des Nations-Unies, and lavenue du Luxembourg, towards Saint-Vincent church.
Liège : Place des Nations-Unies, and lavenue du Luxembourg, towards Saint-Vincent church. | Source

Also worth seeing

In Liège itself, visitor attractions include: the Fine Arts Palace (French: Palais des Beaux-Arts), in the Parc de la Boverie on Outremeuse Island; 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.

Map location of Liège, Belgium
Map location of Liège, Belgium | Source

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