The advent of the Industrial Revolution, the proximity of the river Meuse, and the discovery of coal at nearby Ougrée attracted industrial investors to Seraing. Once a summer residence of the prince-bishops of Liège (and then a hospital under Napoleon, then a powder magazine and lastly the personal property of William I of the Netherlands), the site of Arcelor Metal occupies the greater part of Seraing.
It was here that the Englishman John Cockerill and his brother James revolutionized the steel industry by using blast furnaces and coke instead of traditional charcoal and made the place the industrial backbone of the region. Economical decline would come after WW II (although the region is recovering these last years.)
This is the fifth of a series about the city of Liège, Belgium.
K5 and DA 20-30 and FA 80-320, august 2017. (That day in august, while it was hot the air was hazy, so the photo's seem to lack contrast. I am planning on going again, but have not been able too up until now.)
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