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Why l’Amblève ?
"Amblève-in-the-City" because located on Amblève Street. Quite straight forward so far !

Yes but… what is this Amblève which hosts you in the City ?

The Amblève is a Walloon (South French speaking part of Belgium) river. It is a tributary of the Ourthe and a sub-tributary of the Meuse and flows entirely in the Province of Liège. Its source is on the Hautes Fagnes plateau, next to the city of Heppenbach in the Eastern Cantons (German speaking part of Belgium). For that reason it also goes by the German name of Der Amel.

Along its course of 93 km are four remarkable sites (listed as Wallonia intangible heritage):
  • "Coo Waterfall" (La cascade de Coo), with a vertical drop of 15 meter over the meandering river, it is the most important Belgian waterfall.
  • "Quarreux Depths" (Les fonds de Quarreux) reveals wonderful quartzite rocks in the riverbed.
  • "Slope of Goats" (La Heid des Gattes in Walloon, le Versant des Chèvres in French) is a 54 hectare natural reserve including, on the right bank of the Amblève, a rocky cliff measuring more than fifty meters.
  • "Remouchamps Caves" (Les grottes de Remouchamps), deemed a great beauty, composed of two galleries that can be visited by foot or by boat on the Rubicon river, an underground river that resurfaces only a few meters before its confluence with the Amblève.
- For more information: Pays d'Ourthe-Amblève (in French and Dutch only).

Besides its touristic charms, the Amblève is also known for fishing : trout, barbel, pike,…

Finally, traces of gold miners since the protohistoric period have been found in the High Amblève.

Well, that is it for the Amblève. But, why is a street in Auderghem (Brussels) named after it?

Until the beginning of the 20th century, people had to draw water from public pumps. Things changed when water started being extracted from Walloon’s limestone and conveyed through aqueduct to Brussels. Living conditions of Brussels inhabitants were therefore greatly improved.

Auderghem was quickly linked to the water distribution network and in 1913 named four adjacent streets, after the rivers from which the tap water came : the Bocq, the Houyoux, the Molignée, and the Amblève.

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