Visit : Monument, Architectural Heritage
Liège City Hall "La Violette" and Perron
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Place du Marché 2
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Nicknamed "La Violette" (the violet), the city hall in Liège dates back to the 18th century, and is situated in the heart of the Place du Marché (market square), which is opposite the famous Perron monument.
It is called the Violet ('la Violette') because of the sign on the house which was the venue for meetings of the city gentry in the 13th and 14th centuries. This traditional-style building, a transition between Louis XIII and Louis XIV styles, is the work of Sarto. It is U-shaped. Its facades are a combination of brick and stone.
On the Place du Marché, a slightly projecting central avant-corps is entered via a double perron with a handrail decorated with pine cones symbolising the unity and openness of the people of Liège. The slate roof features oval skylights surrounded by volutes. The interior boasts many works of art, wainscoting and stuccos, not least of all the original sculpture of the Three Graces by Jean Del Cour crowning the Perron overlooking the Place du Marché.
The Perron, considered the most well-known monument in Liège, constitutes urban freedom in Liège.
From April - October, Liège tourist Office organises guided visits to embark on a discovery of the historic centre of Liège.
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