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My former hometown: Liège, Belgium (one picture per day)

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This thread is a tribute to Liège (and its surroundings), where I lived from September 2009 to November 2017. For those of you who don't know it, Liège (pop: +/-200,000) is the center of the third largest agglomeration in Belgium (pop.: +/- 600,000), and the most important town in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of the country.

It was one of the first towns in continental Europe to become an industrial center, but has a history that goes back a lot further, most notably as the capital of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, an independent country from the 10th to 18th century. The Cité Ardente, or fiery city, Liège has and has always had a strong life its own. To me it will remain one of the most unique cities I know, especially for one its size. And I will let you know why by posting one picture a day!
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23. Sadly, nice buildings in Liège (and in Belgium in general - some other places are worse) often get the short end of the stick, whether on purpose (demolition) or by accident (fire or collapse).
Never understood why historical buildings seemed to be targeted for demolition in Liège.

They recently destroyed the Hotel Rigo near the station.
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26. Yes I wanted to add that too, the tax office doesn't particularly bother me, but the Hôtel Rigo is really a pity. Though in the local 'Mosan' style, it was not considered valueble because it was a "fake" from 1918
Yes, that's a pity, it's destroyed now.
The argument they gave, that it's not valuable because not old enough , seems to me the weirdest argument ever; since a lot of Flemish architecture in for ex, Ypres or Leuven are post-WWII rebuilding/restoration, that doesn't make them less valuable. Tourists from all over the world still visit those places. Sounds more like an excuse.
And the Mosan architecture is too rare as it's not well preserved, ironically you'd have to go to Maastricht to observe good examples of it.
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