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Huge 1000 yr old churches dominate sights in Liege, Belgium

Church Saint-Jacques is famous for its painted vault and 17th century Baroque statues; there are 7 collegiate churches in Liege which were built in the 10th and 11th centuries

Church Saint-Jacques is famous for its painted vault and 17th century Baroque statues; there are 7 collegiate churches in Liege which were built in the 10th and 11th centuries

The Guillemins Railway Station handles high speed trains and is also a bus hub; the station lies a couple of kilometers south of the old town but is easily walkable

The Guillemins Railway Station handles high speed trains and is also a bus hub; the station lies a couple of kilometers south of the old town but is easily walkable

Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church dates from the 11th century although it has been renovated many times; the exterior has been restored to its original style

Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church dates from the 11th century although it has been renovated many times; the exterior has been restored to its original style

One of the seven wonders of Belgium is the early 12th century baptismal font at Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church; it is considered a masterpiece of goldsmithery

One of the seven wonders of Belgium is the early 12th century baptismal font at Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church; it is considered a masterpiece of goldsmithery

Completed in the 17th century, the home of Jean Curtius on the Meuse River is now a wide-ranging museum of art, weaponry and archaeology

Completed in the 17th century, the home of Jean Curtius on the Meuse River is now a wide-ranging museum of art, weaponry and archaeology

Montagne de Bueren puts Lombard Street in San Francisco to shame; what's amazing is that not a single street crosses  the staircase

Montagne de Bueren puts Lombard Street in San Francisco to shame; what's amazing is that not a single street crosses the staircase

The most impressive building in Liege is the palace of the prince-bishops from 1526; it presides over a huge square but is not open to the public (it's a provincial government building now)

The most impressive building in Liege is the palace of the prince-bishops from 1526; it presides over a huge square but is not open to the public (it's a provincial government building now)

The Fine Arts Palace was one of many buildings built for the 1905 World's Fair; it now houses Liege's Fine Arts Museum with works by European greats

The Fine Arts Palace was one of many buildings built for the 1905 World's Fair; it now houses Liege's Fine Arts Museum with works by European greats

Liege is the third largest city in Belgium (200,000) and the largest in the French-speaking region of Wallonia; Justine Henin was born in Liege

Liege is the third largest city in Belgium (200,000) and the largest in the French-speaking region of Wallonia; Justine Henin was born in Liege

This 17th century Reclining Christ is one of the many impressive statues in Saint Paul's Cathedral; Belgian waffles are, understandably, very popular here

This 17th century Reclining Christ is one of the many impressive statues in Saint Paul's Cathedral; Belgian waffles are, understandably, very popular here

Saint Paul's Cathedral was built between the 13th century and the start of the 15th century; restoring old buildings is a huge industry in Europe

Saint Paul's Cathedral was built between the 13th century and the start of the 15th century; restoring old buildings is a huge industry in Europe

The tall octagonal dome is the centerpiece of Saint John the Evangelist Church; with so many Muslims now I never saw a single mosque

The tall octagonal dome is the centerpiece of Saint John the Evangelist Church; with so many Muslims now I never saw a single mosque

Gorgeous Gothic vaulting from the early 16th century in the cloisters of Saint John the Evangelist Church

Gorgeous Gothic vaulting from the early 16th century in the cloisters of Saint John the Evangelist Church

Typical architectural landscape in the old town; it was hard to tell what percentage of these buildings are actually still in use versus just providing an atmospheric accent to the city

Typical architectural landscape in the old town; it was hard to tell what percentage of these buildings are actually still in use versus just providing an atmospheric accent to the city

The various building materials and styles are evident in the 11th century tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Denis

The various building materials and styles are evident in the 11th century tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Denis

Amazingly intricate altarpiece of the Passion and Life of Saint Denis of Paris (1533); the concentration of huge churches in the relatively small old town was impressive

Amazingly intricate altarpiece of the Passion and Life of Saint Denis of Paris (1533); the concentration of huge churches in the relatively small old town was impressive

The old city hall was destroyed by troops from Louis XIV in 1691; it was rebuilt in classical style opening in 1718

The old city hall was destroyed by troops from Louis XIV in 1691; it was rebuilt in classical style opening in 1718

One of the courtyards of the palace of prince-bishops; hard to fathom the building being almost 500 years old

One of the courtyards of the palace of prince-bishops; hard to fathom the building being almost 500 years old

Maxine had a Facebook post about the Montagne de Bueren so I had to come see it for myself; the 374 steps were built to connect the military barracks with the citadel

Maxine had a Facebook post about the Montagne de Bueren so I had to come see it for myself; the 374 steps were built to connect the military barracks with the citadel

A monument to the Belgians killed by Germans in World Wars 1 and 2 at the citadel; the first fort was built here in 1255 and rebuilt in a pentagonal shape in 1650

A monument to the Belgians killed by Germans in World Wars 1 and 2 at the citadel; the first fort was built here in 1255 and rebuilt in a pentagonal shape in 1650

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception dates from the first half of the 17th century; it is now closed but was the view I had from my hotel room right across the street

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception dates from the first half of the 17th century; it is now closed but was the view I had from my hotel room right across the street

Fountain Saint-Jean-Baptiste has been here since the medieval era and was rebuilt in 1634; impressive when the revised version is almost 400 years old

Fountain Saint-Jean-Baptiste has been here since the medieval era and was rebuilt in 1634; impressive when the revised version is almost 400 years old

What a strange building on the banks of the Meuse River; Liege is a sister city of Baton Rouge, Krakow, Porto, Rotterdam, Aachen and Maastricht

What a strange building on the banks of the Meuse River; Liege is a sister city of Baton Rouge, Krakow, Porto, Rotterdam, Aachen and Maastricht

My favorite bridge in Paris has been imitated here; in 1900, Pont Alexander III opened in Paris with Pont de Fragnee opening in Liege in 1905 for the Universal Exposition

My favorite bridge in Paris has been imitated here; in 1900, Pont Alexander III opened in Paris with Pont de Fragnee opening in Liege in 1905 for the Universal Exposition

Liege gets the award for the best tourist info; they had a great map along with brochures featuring smaller walking tours with commentary in English

Liege gets the award for the best tourist info; they had a great map along with brochures featuring smaller walking tours with commentary in English

Charlemagne has been called the Father of Europe since he united most of Western Europe; he was the Holy Roman Emperor from 801-814

Charlemagne has been called the Father of Europe since he united most of Western Europe; he was the Holy Roman Emperor from 801-814

The Guillemins Railway Station opened in 2009 and is now the main Liege station; designed by Santiago Calatrava it shows his signature look and feel

The Guillemins Railway Station opened in 2009 and is now the main Liege station; designed by Santiago Calatrava it shows his signature look and feel

Cinema Churchill is one of the few Art Deco buildings in Liege; I think a higher percentage of Europeans are smoking now than when I first visited in 1990

Cinema Churchill is one of the few Art Deco buildings in Liege; I think a higher percentage of Europeans are smoking now than when I first visited in 1990

The Cathedral had a mix of old and new stained glass windows; the church faces a challenge with younger people less likely to attend church

The Cathedral had a mix of old and new stained glass windows; the church faces a challenge with younger people less likely to attend church

The Fountain of the Virgin Mary was originally built in 1696 out of marble; immigrants are helping reverse the trend of population declines in most of Europe

The Fountain of the Virgin Mary was originally built in 1696 out of marble; immigrants are helping reverse the trend of population declines in most of Europe

The Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Church, built in 1538, was the most impressive in this city with tons of churches; it was absolutely enormous

The Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Church, built in 1538, was the most impressive in this city with tons of churches; it was absolutely enormous

The 1760 Neoclassical Saint John the Evangelist Church has this beautiful statue of the Virgin and Child from 1230

The 1760 Neoclassical Saint John the Evangelist Church has this beautiful statue of the Virgin and Child from 1230

The butcher's hall is one of the oldest civic buildings in Liege, built in 1546; the hall is now the home of the Liege tourist office

The butcher's hall is one of the oldest civic buildings in Liege, built in 1546; the hall is now the home of the Liege tourist office

Liege was the first city in Belgium to have a dedicated pedestrian zone; it has grown extensively and now includes many sections of the old town

Liege was the first city in Belgium to have a dedicated pedestrian zone; it has grown extensively and now includes many sections of the old town

My favorite sight (and activity) in Liege was also its most unique - Montagne de Bueren; at times I heard as much Arabic spoken as French

My favorite sight (and activity) in Liege was also its most unique - Montagne de Bueren; at times I heard as much Arabic spoken as French

The view of Liege from the Citadel; the city is largely flat since it lies in the Meuse River valley

The view of Liege from the Citadel; the city is largely flat since it lies in the Meuse River valley

Although settlements already existed in Roman times, the first references to Liège are from 558; the city is renowned for its many churches, the oldest of which dates from 682

Although settlements already existed in Roman times, the first references to Liège are from 558; the city is renowned for its many churches, the oldest of which dates from 682

One of the signature events in Liege is the Sunday morning market; it stretches along the banks of the River Meuse for 2 km

One of the signature events in Liege is the Sunday morning market; it stretches along the banks of the River Meuse for 2 km

The Renaissance doorway to Saint-Jacques Church dates to 1558; it seemed odd to have this church built so close to the cathedral since they were of similar size

The Renaissance doorway to Saint-Jacques Church dates to 1558; it seemed odd to have this church built so close to the cathedral since they were of similar size

The 28 story Tower Paradis opened in 2015 to house the Ministry of Finance; it is the only modern skyscraper in the city

The 28 story Tower Paradis opened in 2015 to house the Ministry of Finance; it is the only modern skyscraper in the city

The Royal Theater was built in 1820 and hosts the Royal Opera of Wallonia; you have to look both ways before crossing a street since there are bus lanes that run opposite normal traffic

The Royal Theater was built in 1820 and hosts the Royal Opera of Wallonia; you have to look both ways before crossing a street since there are bus lanes that run opposite normal traffic

This 300 meter footbridge across the Meuse opened in 2016; it is named Liegeoise, beautiful woman from Liege, to honor a leading figure in the French Revolution

This 300 meter footbridge across the Meuse opened in 2016; it is named Liegeoise, beautiful woman from Liege, to honor a leading figure in the French Revolution

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