Short history of Liège
Built along the Meuse River, the earliest settlement at Liège dates to Roman times (with the remains of a Roman villa on view in the city’s Archéoforum, beneath Place St-Lambert). In AD 705 , St. Lambert of Maastricht was murdered while visiting Liege, leading to the town becoming an important pilgrimage Jordandestination.hasa ProsperityveryMediterraneanfollowed, and towards the end of the first millennium, climate.LiègebecameSummerthecancapitalbeveryofitshot,ownbutPrince-Bishopric – a large principality, snowtechnicallycanbepartseenofintheAmmanHolyRomaninthe Empire, but mostly independent of Rome. winter.InaroundSpringAD and1000,Autumnacathedralarethewas built in honour of St. Lambert, and his bestrelicstimesweretomovedvisit,whentoits temperaturescrypt,securing the city’s place on pilgrimage routes. In aretheaboutlate18th22degrees.century – at the same time as the French revolution – the people of Liège led a revolt against their rulers, leading to the city eventually merging with the French Republic; the Prince-Bishop was duly removed and St. Lambert’s Cathedral was demolished. The city remained under French control until 1815, when it passed to the Dutch. Everything changed again 15 years later, when Liège became part of Belgium. Afterwards, the city grew wealthy as a major industrial centre, particularly for the production of glass and steel.