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“nicely renovated, hosting legendary baptismal fonts”

Eglise St-Barthelemy (Church of St. Bartholomew)
Ranked #5 of 72 things to do in Liege
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Only one of the hundred or so churches the city has been endowed with for ten centuries or more, but particularly winsome in its elegant colours and sober decoration. The 11th century bronze baptismal fonts are a thing of great and intriguing beauty. They are now brought to visitors attention on a sort of dai on the west side, and you can have special lighting and an audio guide. The ladies that sell tickets and guidebooks are also smiling and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Christine P
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this lovely church on December 2.

We had been 'in' the church before, about seven years ago, attending a vigil Mass. On that occasion we weren't able to linger - in the afternoon we couldn't get in because of a wedding and we had to rush away at the end of Mass to keep an appointment elsewhere. We agreed that if we visited Liege again we would look more closely at this beautiful church.

This time we were able to! It really is worth looking at. While we were here O was cheerfully taking photos when a gentleman approached me. I thought perhaps he was going to tell Me off for using my camera but no, he explained that there is a short video, explaining the restoration work carried out on the church building. He said it's available in several languages but would ensure the English version would be next. Very worthwhile to see.

Needless to say, the 'star' feature is the Font. It dates back to the 12th century and is truly spectacular.

Thoroughly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jonny S
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

St. Bartholomew’s Collegiate Church (“Collégiale Saint-Barthélémy” in French) shows a strange mixture of styles. It was erected in the 11th and 12th century in Mosan Romanesque style, but was remodelled thoroughly in the 18th century. The twin towers were rebuilt in 1876. Still, with its original colours restored, St. Bartholomew’s looks appealing from the outside.

The white-washed 18th century interior came as a surprise and, on the whole, we found it rather disappointing. However the stunningly beautiful medieval baptismal font, which was transferred here from the demolished church of Notre-Dame-aux-Fonts, is well worth the 2 euro charged. For that price, visitors can view a video presentation lasting 10 minutes and examine at leisure the scenes represented on the brass or bronze basin, which is resting on elegant oxen.

On the square next to the church (“Place Saint-Barthélémy”) there is an interesting sculpture in weathering steel by Mady Andrien called “Les Principautaires” (1992). It represents a flock of bishops looking down on dancing little figures symbolising the people of Liege. A clear reference to the city’s past. The fountain in the centre of the square is a memorial for local gunsmith Dieudonné Lambrecht, who set up an intelligence network in the First World War and faced a German firing squad at the La Chartreuse prison in April 1916.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

I first visited St-Barthelemy 44 years ago. It was then a fascinating and historical building, but was gray and crumbling. It has been marvelously restored and is worth the visit and the minimal price of entry. The baptismal font on the backs of twelve oxen is itself worth a see.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank DroitShadow
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

Nice church but the reason to visit is for the ancient baptismal font. It is quite an interesting piece.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank fracmeister
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