On the roadside of the Belgian highways there are many information banners presenting interesting cities and places worth visiting. This form of advertising, when on the banners are photos of monuments, nature, interesting places, more encourages tourists to visit the attractions, than an ordinary banner with the name of the city.
After years of bad treatment to monuments in Belgium, which resulted was their destruction, for example: in Brussels old buildings were demolished to free up space for new buildings for EU offices, the approach changed and monuments were taken care of. Even if the interior of the building is being rebuilt, its façade is to remain intact. Steel constructions protecting the front wall of the renovated old building are quite often found.
Sometimes, however, officials decide that a magnificent historic building should be demolished to show the beauty of modern architecture. This has been the case recently in Liege. Near the interesting, historic building a beautiful modern skyscraper of the Ministry of Finance was built, and two hundred meters further a wonderful station designed by Santiago Calatrava. The demolished building simply blocked the view on the magnificent station, so it had to disappear, despite protests of residents and court cases planned to block the demolition.
Is the destruction of a historic building to make a direct view of the beautiful railway station a barbarity? Everyone must answer himself. I would like to add to the protection of officials that this building was only one hundred years old, so they probably thought when deciding, what is a hundred years compared to eternity.
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