Prince-Bishopric of Liège

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Prince-Bishopric of Liège
Principauté de Liége (fr)
Prinsbisdom Luik (nl)
Fürstbistum Lüttich (de)
Principåté d' Lidje (wa)
Ecclesiastic state of the Holy Roman Empire
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
The Prince-Bishopric of Liège around 1350.
Capital Liège
Languages French, Dutch, German, Walloon
Religion Roman Catholicism
Government Principality
 •  340s–384 Saint Servatius (first bishop, at Maastricht)
 •  approximately 670-700 Saint Lambert (at Maastricht)
 •  972–1008 Notger (first prince-bishop)
 •  1792–94 François-Antoine-Marie de Méan (last)
Historical era Middle Ages
 •  Creation of diocese 340s
 •  Secular powers obtained 980
 •  Purchased Lordship
    of Bouillon

 •  Annexed Cty Loon 1366
 •  Acquired Cty Horne 1568
 •  Liège Revolution 1789–95
 •  Annexed by France 1795
 •  Concordat accepts
    disparition of Bishopric

10 September 1801
Succeeded by
French First Republic
Today part of  Belgium

The Bishopric of Liège or Prince-Bishopric of Liège was a state of the Holy Roman Empire in the Low Countries in present Belgium. It got its status as a prince-bishopric between 980 and 985. Bishop Notger became Prince-Bishop after he received secular control of the County of Huy from the emperor .

The Prince-Bishopric belonged from 1500 on to the Lower Rhenish-Westphalian Circle. It was headed by the Prince-Bishop of Liège. Its land included most of the present Belgian provinces of Liège and Limburg, and some exclaves in other parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. The capital was Liège. It was added into France in 1795.

Coordinates: 50°40′N 5°30′E / 50.667°N 5.500°E / 50.667; 5.500