Travelling through Liege station (on the Paris metro) you catch a glimpse of a gallery of ceramic landscapes. Although I pass through this station regularly I’d never set foot on the platform there, so yesterday I did just that, getting off one train and back onto the next – a four minute foray into the Belgian landscape.
Opened in 1911, the two platform station was originally called Berlin, after the street above it. At the end of the First World War both street and station (closed during the war) were renamed, in honour of the heroic resistance of the citizens of Liege to German attack. The station was closed again under wartime economy measures in 1939 and didn’t reopen until 1968.
The tiled views of the landscapes and monuments of the Liege region were added to the station decor in 1982, following a Franco-Belgian cultural exchange programme. Installed in exisiting ceramic frames, originally intended for advertising posters, the murals fit in so well to their surroundings that I assumed they were part of the original station design, until I looked up their history.
Unfortunately (from the point of view of someone wanting a good view of the walls) the station now has glass safety screens and doors along the platform edge, so it’s impossible to get a good view of the full display. Here’s a sample from the northbound platform. Southbound views to follow, when I’m travelling south with a few minutes to spare for changing trains!
(Click on any photo to view the gallery)