Liege, Belgium - attractions, pictures
Liege (Liège) is an ancient city. Like most Western European cities, first it was the camp of the Romans (Leodii). In the Middle Ages the city became the residence of very influential princes-archbishops.
The first thing that draws attention to, the railway traveler who arrives by rail, is the station - a building of very unusual architecture.
Inside, everything is much more prosaic, moreover, the
building itself is small, and this impressive roof covers
the platforms that are raised above the ground.
The next thing I looked at was the huge dome on the mountain on the other side of the railway tracks. So I settled in the hotel and climbed this mountain. On the way, passing along the street adjacent to the railway, drew attention to the mannequin sitting in the window in strange clothes - leather underwear and high boots. I got to the next house, and in the window there is another mannequin in the same form, and in the next house too ... And then I look, one of the mannequins got up and left somewhere. :) It turned out that this is a local red light street. All for business, no tourists, like in Amsterdam, and indeed in the whole street only a small group of young people, no one else.
On the mountain is a separate urban area, but at the very top is empty, only this is the largest building with a dome and a memorial attached to it to the soldiers who fell in defending the city in different wars.
Memorial on the mountain
A separate composition is dedicated to Soviet
All this is unfinished and, apparently, will not be completed, as some sculptures have already rusted, and in general no activity is observed around. And there are no people at all.
The rest of the day I devoted to exploring the city near the station.
Monument to King Albert I
Old buildings are pretty much (mostly the churches), but there is no solid impression, as very often modern concrete boxes are built into this old building.
The city is divided into two parts by the river Maas. In the middle of the island, on which there is a park with ponds and obligatory ducks and swans, an art gallery, and some other buildings.
And still there is a kindergarten with children of different colors of skin and rabbits, also multi-colored. :)
In Liege there is no compact old city, attractions are scattered all over the territory. This, by the way, suggests that already in the Middle Ages, the city occupied a territory almost comparable to the current one, i.e. was very large for those times. There is also a well-preserved part of the old city, around the Episcopal palace, but mostly old churches are located between modern buildings.
I chose to visit the Curtius Museum. The exposition is large and interesting, covering the period from Ancient Egypt to Louis XIV.
In the center of the city has its own mountain, on top of which there is a military garrison, and leads there an impressive length of stairs. A beautiful view opens from the mountain, but I did not climb on it because of lack of time. :(
Well, of course, in the center of the city lived the Archbishop, whose house I did not really like. No imagination, just a huge building.
In general, there was an ambivalent impression. On the one hand is a very good actually old city, on the other - not very successful modern development, often dissonant with a common style.