A tour through 9000 years of history under Place Saint Lambert
The Liege Revolution
The revolution of August 1789 was not intended to overthrow Prince-Bishop Hoensbroeck, but simply to gain better representation of towns in the government of the principality (abolition of the regulation of 1684), This was the “Happy Revolution”, because it entailed no bloodshed, but Hoensbroeck chose to flee and to apply for the aid of the High Court of Justice of the Empire.
So the Revolution hardened its stance – in this context the destruction of the Saint Lambert Cathedral, as a symbol of the Ancien Regime, was voted. The furnishings were methodologically removed for the benefit of the Revolution, and the cathedral became a quarry, so to speak – a reserve of materials that would be used in construction sites. Not until 1827, when the site was completely renewed, did the square resulting from the destruction of the cathedral, take the name of Saint Lambert.