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The Palace of the Prince-Bishops

Local name: Le Palais des Princes-Évêques

Palais Provincial is part of Le Palais des Princes-Éveques, or the palace of the princes-bishops of Liege. Established in 1849-1853 as a wing of an older building erected for the seat of provincial authorities. The building represents the neo-Gothic style, referring to the Gothic style of the older part of the palace. The facade is distinguished by its impressive size and richness of sculptural elements.

On the front wall of the Palais Provincial there are more than 40 sculptures, 19 reliefs presenting the most important events in the history of the city, 29 crests of cities within the province of Liège and 32 coats of arms of corporations operating in the city. These are the works of 12 sculptors, which - for financial reasons - were created only 30 years after the construction of the building.

The Palais Provincial project was created by Jean-Charles Delsaux (1821-1893) who won the architectural competition organized by the city authorities. In addition to the impressive facade, it's worth seeing the sumptuous vestibule and staircase that leads to the first floor of the palace.

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Place Saint-Lambert 184000 Liège, Belgium