Riverfront along the Meuse, Liège, Belgium
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Gritty Liège, one of the very first industrialized towns in continental Europe, is not well known for its beauty but it has some very charming views and architectural gems, like the neoclassical Aquarium-Museum and the art deco Church of St. Vincent. This shot was taken from the monument dedicated to the First and the Second World War.
In the past, Liège was one of the most important steel-making centres in Europe. Starting in 1817, John Cockerill extensively developed the iron and steel industry. The industrial complex of Seraing was the largest in the world. It once boasted numerous blast furnaces and mills. Although now a mere shadow of its former self, steel production and the manufacture of steel goods remain important.