On the way to the Sunday market La Batte, at Rue du Champion, we accidentally come across a variety of graffiti and street art, including that of Didier Jaba Mathieu.
The Marché de la Batte (Bat market) is Belgium’s oldest and largest weekly market. The name Bat Market derives from the quay wall used to land the ships, called La Batte.
The market takes place on Sundays from 8 am to 2.30 pm along the left side of the Meuse river in Liège.
It is also one of the largest markets in Europe, with a sales area of around 10,000 m². Up to 100,000 visitors come in good weather.
Here a large selection of meat, sausages, poultry, fish, wines, fruit, and vegetables is offered.
Besides, you find live animals like birds, fish, dogs, cats, and goats.
For those who are interested, there are antiques, books, CDs, and records.
But also household items, clothes, shoes, stockings, and hats must not be missing.
If you are hungry, you can try some of the culinary specialties. Or you enjoy a bite in one of the numerous restaurants and cafes in the surrounding area.
Right next to the market is the Curtius Museum, a museum for archaeology and decorative arts. The building was once the manor house for Jean Curtius, an industrialist and munitions supplier for the Spanish army. In 2009 it was reopened as Grand Curtius.
Today, it houses the collections of the Archaeological Museum, the Arms Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Religious and Mosan art (MARAM).
A few steps away is the L’îlot Saint-Georges, the former Fine Arts Museum of the City of Liège (BAL). The colorful “crystal flowers” on the facade are the work of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel.
However, there was not enough space in the BAL. In 2011, one decided to move the museum to the island between the Meuse and the Channel. Since 2016 the collection has been housed in La Boverie.
On the way back to our apartment, we passed the opera of Liège (Opéra Royal de Wallonie).
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