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The first cathedral

The first cathedralDuring the Carolingian era (ninth century), the martyrium became a cathedral that was extended to 23 m wide by more than 70 m long. The choir at the west of the cathedral was built over the apse of the old church, which in turn had been built over the Roman buildings, although along an axis that did not correspond to the layout of the Roman construction.

The western site of the choir seems to have been maintained intentionally. According to tradition, this was the place where Bishop Lambert was martyred. In 881, when the city of Liege was attacked by the Normans, the “Saint Lambert monastery” was put to the torch, but the sanctuary was rapidly reconstructed and restored.