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Museums of Archaeology and Decorative Arts - Curtius Museum

Photos 12053453.JPGThe collections of archaeology and decorative arts illustrate our rich regional history, from prehistoric times to the present day. From traces of earliest man to those of the Merovingians, by way of major witnesses of the Gallo-Roman period, you will grasp the archaeological wealth of the Liège region and its early crossroads siting in the very heart of Europe. Here you will find masterpieces of Mosan mediaeval art (sculptures on wood, stones and ivory, manuscripts, enamel-work, and so on). The most renowned works are the "Madonna of Dom Rupert", the "Mystery of Apollo", and the "Notger Gospel-book". The museum also has a rich selection of gold- and silverware, a large collection of ceramics (earthenware and porcelain), a numismatic room, and a large number of decorative art objects (tin, copper, cast iron, wrought iron, furniture, tapestries, fireplaces, stained-glass windows, jewellery, fabrics, carved stones, chandeliers, paintings, etc.). This masterpiece of Mosan archietcture, listed as part of the major heritage of Wallonia, was built between 1597 and 1605 for Jean de Corte, known as Curtius, a wealthy industrial merchant and supplier of munitions to the armies of Spain. The building is currently undergoing renovation work.
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