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Last September I had a quick business trip to Belgium: just two days spent between Gent and Liege. Driving through the country for the first time I had the impression of being travelling through a fascinating place where the countryside catches the visitors thanks to its mild hills and fields and the cities have a particular charme you can't stand.
I spent one night in Liege and during a walk through the center I had the opportunity to take this pic showing the Cathedrale de Saint Paul.
The cathedral was founded in the 10th century but rebuilt from the 13th until the 15th century. In 1801 the church was promoted to cathedral to replace the demolished St. Lambert Cathedral. Consequently, changes were undertaken to prepare St. Paul's for its new function. The building shows the typical elements of the Mosan Gothic style: three naves with seven bays and chapels. The entrance is on the Northern side. On the ceiling some beautiful frescoes can be admired. They date from 1557 (renovated in 1860) and show a panoply of people, birds, arabesques and mythical animals. Saint Paul's cathedral possesses a splendid treasure with ivory artifacts from the 11th century as well as the golden relic-shrine of St. Lambert (donated by Bishop Everhard van der Marck) and a smaller relic-shrine offered by Duke Charles the Bold (probably to make up for the destruction and plundering of the city that he had ordered). Another art treasure: the marble sculpture of 'Christ in his grave' made by Delcour in 1696.

Hopefully next time I will have more time at my disposal in order to visit this country better...

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