Seraing

Master Plan

Important works are underway to give a new face to the city.

As you enter town, the John Cockerill Castle, the first bulidng in sight, is partially hidden by the Seraing Bridge. To correct this historical flaw, roads in front of the castle will be lowered to allow everybody to enjoy the view of the historical façade.

The Kuborn square will become entirely pedestrian and will host the new administrative headquarters. Cockerill Street wil be widened from 12 to 28 metres to offer spatious pedestrian areas as well as bicycle and bus lanes.

A new Urban Boulevard will be the backbone of the new master plan. It will cut through the city for 6.5 kilometres from West to East and will increase the mobility in the whole valley, creating businesses and homes along the way.

Master Plan: town entrance - © Ville de SeraingMaster Plan: Kuborn Square and Cockerill srteet - © Ville de SerainMaster Plan: Neocitta - © Ville de Seraing
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62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

Timeline

  • 12th century

    First mention of Serani, later Serang.
  • 13th century

    Seraing becomes the summer residency of the Princes-bishops of Liege.
  • 1307

    Signature of the Seraing peace treaty.
  • 1789

    The Liege Revolution takes place while prince bishop Hoensbroek is staying in his summer residency in Seraing. He led a reckless repression, which earned him the nickname of “tyrant of Seraing”.
  • 18th century

    Coal is discovered in Ougrée.
  • 1817

    King William of the Netherlands hands the Seraing castle to English entrepreneur John Cockerill.
  • 1824

    John Cockerill has the first coke-fuelled furnace installed on the continent.
  • 1826

    Creation of St Lambert crystal glassworks.
  • 1914

    Heroic resistance by the Belgian forces in the fort of Boncelles.
  • 2002

    The Cockerill works are sold to Arcelor.
  • 2009

    The last high furnace is closed.
Prince bishop HoensbroekCrystal vase in Val Saint-Lambert - © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT
Two previous finishes
62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

Seraing and cycling

For the local riders, above all, Seraing represents the heart of the Tour of the Province of Liege. But the finish line of the Tour de France has also been marked out in the town twice. In 1995, a time-trial finished in Seraing. As was often the case at that time, Miguel Indurain was the fastest rider, bound for a fifth race victory in a row. Then, in 2001, the riders set off from Antwerp and fought it out during the sprint at the end of the day. Erik Zabel won his tenth stage on the Tour.

Seraing was also host to the start of the 2006 Giro d’Italia, whose organisers wished to pay homage to the thousands of Italian emigrants who left their country for Belgium from 1946. Paolo Savoldelli won the prologue in the streets of Seraing.

But Seraing, thanks to its bustling cycling club, UC Seraing, also provide the peloton with several key figures. A sprint world champion in 1972 and 1973, Robert van Lancker belonged to the club, whose colours were also worn by Rik and Jef Verbrugghe or Maxime Monfort.

Paolo Savoldelli took the Giro pink jersey in Seraing - © Presse SportsMaxime Monfort was trained for some time at UC Seraing - © Presse Sports
Two previous finishes
62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

What to see

The Town Hall

The main building of the old Collard-Trouille farm became Seraing’s town hall in April 1867. It was a huge building for the time, in the typical style of the Maas region in the 18th century. It houses several paintings by local masters like “The old bridge of Seraing” by Mataive or “The Haulers” by Masson. Masson also executed some of the frescoes on the ceiling. On October 22, 1871, a statue was erected in front of the town hall in memory of John Cockerill. The manufacturer’s grave was transferred to the foot of the statue in 1947.

St Lambert castle and abbey

The abbey and the adjoining castle were built in the 13th century. The castle, which played a major role in the industrial life of the region, was restored recently to tackle new projects. It is home to the Circle of Wallonia. The abbey retained the distinctive features of its original use with its massive pillars and vaulted ceilings. The castle was used as the pressroom for the 2006 Giro start.

Cockerill castle

The castle was the summer home of the princes bishops of Liege. While the date of its original construction is unknown it hosted the signing of the 1307 Seraing peace treaty. It was later used as a hospital for Napoleon’s troops, as the Liege House of Senate and as a powder magazine before become the property of Dutch King William. On January 29, 1817, the King sold the castle to the Cockerill brothers.

The castle - © Ville de SeraingSeraing town hall - © Ville de Seraing
Two previous finishes
62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

The most belgian englishman

Wallonia owes most of its industrial development to an Englishman, John Cockerill, whose statue stands proudly in front of the Seraing town hall. The Haslington-born manufacturer turned the town into one of the strongholds of industrialisation in continental Europe in the 19th century. In 1817, King William of the Netherlands, wishing to develop industry in the Liege region, decided to sell the Seraing castle, the former summer home of the princes bishops of Liege, to the Cockerill brothers. In 1823, John became the only owner, his brother James having sold back his shares to the King. He installed the first coke-fuelled furnace on the continent in 1824 and totally transformed the local metallurgy by producing steel instead of iron. The Cockerill empire kept growing and to open branches around the world. The Cockerill group was instrumental in helping Belgium fight the Dutch blockade by providing the first rail lines and steam engines in Europe. John Cockerill deceased in 1840 from typhus during a trip to Warsaw. A room is dedicated to his work in the Liege museum of metallurgy and industry.

Wallonia festival

Every year since 1988, as part of the “Fêtes de Wallonie” (Wallonia festival) in early September, Seraing celebrates the region. It was a success from day one with craftsmen, cultural, sporting or charity organisations taking over the stalls installed around the town hall. As years went by, foreign participants joined the party with celebrated international artists such as the Platters, la Bande à Basile, Jef Bodart Big Band de Liege, 98 pc Maximum Soul of French singers Michel Fugain and Michel Delpech. For the past two years the Wallonia festival events take place around the Val Saint-Lambert castle.

Walloonia festival - © Ville de SeraingJohn Cockerill
Two previous finishes
62,000 inhabitants
Commune of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Economy
: Coal, steelworks, iron, electricity, crystal and glassware.
Specialties
: see Liege.
Nickname
: the city of iron.
Sport
: RFC Seraing (football), US Seraing (cycling)
Celebrities
: John Cockerill (industrial tycoon), Joseph Merlot (politician),
Festivals
: Fêtes de Wallonie (September)

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