Short his­tory of Liège

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BELGIUM -

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.


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