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DIDIER BRONNE | JEAN-FRANÇOIS DESSAMBRE | CHARLES MAHAUX | FRÉDÉRIC VAN VLODORP


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“Terres de Liège” is the result of a collaborative project between four people who are passionate about their region: Didier Bronne, who initiated the project, graphic designer Jean-Francois Dessambre, photographer Charles Mahaux, and journalist Frederic Van Vlodorp. Together, they have patiently brought this novel concept to mature.

This book is available − in its entirety − in any language.

This book aims first and foremost to present different facets of the territory that is the Province of Liège. “Terres de Liège” uses images arranged thematically, but the choice of photos proved far from easy to get right in the face of such abundance! Since it was impossible to be exhaustive here, future editions will provide us with an opportunity to include other aspects.

Our team hope that you will have as much fun poring over this book as they themselves had when producing it!

The text has deliberately been limited to simple chapter-headings and captions, with the very simple objective of presenting the region, providing minimal but essential information.

What makes it so original is not just the fact that the cover can be customized, but that several pages devoted to businesses, towns and families, can be added on request (please see the box opposite)

All your comments and suggestions are welcome: please contact dbr@etilux.com and fredericvanvlodorp@hotmail.com

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Joining the Ile d’Outremeuse to the Palais des Princes-Évêques, the Pont des Arches bridge has for more than 1000 years often been the only way to cross the River Meuse. Rebuilt after the Second World War, it is adorned with four large statues. Tradition has it that if you can throw a coin onto the head of one of these statues without it falling off, then it will bring you luck.


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Various historical buildings adorn the banks of Liège’s River Meuse. On the left, you have the Halle aux Viandes (meat market). Dating back to 1546, this is the oldest municipal building in Liège. On the right, you have the Curtius Palace (1605), named after a very wealthy munitions dealer who supplied the armies of the King of Spain. The palace houses part of the Curtius Museum.


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At the gateway to the Ardennes bordering on the Condroz and La Famenne, you will find Hamoir nestling in the Ourthe valley. Home to the sculptor Jean Del Cour, the village has often had its bridge destroyed by floods or wars, the last time in 1940.


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The Gileppe Dam, one of the oldest in Europe (built at the end of the 19th century), can hold 25 million cubic metres of drinking water. It has a surface area of 130 hectares. A 13.5 m sandstone lion, the work of Antoine-FĂŠlix BourĂŠ, sits proudly in the middle of the wall.


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Between Namur and Liège, Huy, in the valley of the Meuse, is a town which is rich in history. Here we have a photo taken from the fort that overlooks the town. Just below is the collegiate church and, in the background, the nuclear power station of Tihange.


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The Batta House (16th century) is typical of the Meuse style in the way brick and stone are combined. It illustrates one of the town’s golden ages with its pewter-, silver- and copperware, its forges, foundry and paper mill.


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Stone has always been a widely-used building material employed for different purposes: an entrance in Thimister; a column and the base of a fountain in the Saint-Antoine courtyard in Liège.


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Stone is everywhere: in the door and window surrounds in Saint-Denis Square in Liège and the village of Herve, and in whole façades such as in Hors Château in Liège. It is an important natural local resource.


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Attached to their region and traditions, the inhabitants of Liège uphold different kinds of folklore. Carnivals hold a key place in the calendar, especially in the villages of the German-speaking community, where the influence of the Rhine can be felt.

The year is governed by these events which, like the Christmas Village and the Liège funfair, have almost entered the genes of the local population. They are places for people to come together, attracting the inhabitants of Liège (who have left it or not), but also foreign visitors.

Religious in the beginning, the 15th August celebrations in Liège and the Septennales in Huy have become exceptionally popular.

Tens of gastronomic brotherhoods are keeping alive regional dishes and recipes, not to mention the guilds that are fostering the memory of old crafts.

The Blancs Moussis have been at the heart of the Laetare festival in Stavelot since 1502. As the religious community was forbidden to take part in popular festivities, the crowd decided to evoke the presence of the monks by donning a hooded white costume and a mask with a long nose. This tradition has been respected for more than 500 years!


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A paradise for walkers, the region of Liège offers a range of routes on which you will find many aspects of heritage, like here in Bolland, Val Dieu, Limont, Dalhem, Aubel, Henri-Chapelle and Bergilers.


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The cold and damp climate of the Fagnes transforms this vast plateau into a beautiful setting once the first snow falls.


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Statistics show that this white gold covers this fascinating area on average close to 80 days per year.


Terres de Liège