Christmas Market in Oupeye
1000 lights and as many aromas at Oupeye castle! Almost 80 craftsmen, producers, associations and brotherhoods in Oupeye, from 07 to 09/12
Gastronomy and gifts will be on offer all weekend, as well as numerous activities such as a visit from Father Christmas, a fireworks display and other surprise shows.
Built in the Middle-Ages and seat of the Lords of Oupeye, Vivegnis and Petit Aaz, records as old as 1176 confirm the existence of the Oupeye fortress.
The Lords of Oupeye, the Bishop-Princes of Liege and other noble families inherit it, until 1600, when the Curtius family (a famous arms merchants family from Liege) become owners and completely rebuild it as it has suffered notable fire damage in the 12th and the 15th century.
Throughout the years, the castle's ownership was the subject of court cases, sieges and even a sword duel in the streets of Liege, ending in the death of Mathieu de Sarolea. A Canon priest from Saint Lambert and several different families inherited it until finally, in the middle of the 20th century, the Oupeye council took ownership.
The general structure of the tower, with its 1.70 metre-thick walls and gates still remain from the original 12th century architecture. The main residence of the master of the castle, however, dates from the 17th century.
Legend of the castle: It is said that the castle once belonged to Alpaïde, Pepin of Herstal's concubine, and that she was present there on the day of Saint Lambert's murder. When the killers were finishing their crime, blood appeared in the window where Alpaïde was sitting at that moment.
Restored from top to bottom in 1980, Oupeye castle is today an important cultural centre in the region.
So why not make the most of the Christmas magic and visit the region?
- tel. : +32 (0) 4 264 58 00
- website : http://www.oupeyeculture.be
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