Liege, Place du Marche

The extraordinary onion dome looms over this lovely square, which is actually a triangle.

The street on the right has become a major thoroughfare, but the street on the left has apparently been maintained as a pedestrian area.

Here again, trees have partially obscured our view of this square. In the climate of Belgium, it is questionable whether street trees really are an improvement or not. While I think it is certainly appropriate to put trees inside interior courtyards, I think that in squares like this, where really hot days are rare, that the trees might better be omitted.

Notice the grand staircases in front of the building on the right. The steps go up in nice, easy stages, with frequent landings. Two stairs have been provided, so that pedestrians approaching from either direction have direct access to the front door.

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