Good Cities

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The Good Cities (French: Bonnes Villes) were the most important cities of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège (980-1795). If considered a Good City, the city was allowed to build a city wall; partake in the States of Liège; and erect a perron symbolising the autonomy and freedom of Liège.

In 1651 the Good Cities numbered 23,[citation needed] and they were grouped in so-called villes thioises (Low Dietsch cities, which contemporarily would be termed Dutch or Flemish) and villes françoises[citation needed] (contemporarily French or Walloon cities). All of these Good Cities are located within present-day Belgium.

Two other major cities of the Prince-Bishopric had a special statute, which differentiated them from the Good Cities as they were not allowed to be represented at the States of Liège.

The cities[edit]

Villes thioises

City name Contemporary location
Beringen Province of Belgian Limburg
Bilzen Province of Belgian Limburg
Borgloon, then named Loon Province of Belgian Limburg
Bree Province of Belgian Limburg
Hamont Province of Belgian Limburg
Hasselt Province of Belgian Limburg
Herk-de-Stad Province of Belgian Limburg
Maaseik Province of Belgian Limburg
Peer Province of Belgian Limburg
Sint-Truiden Province of Belgian Limburg
Stokkem Province of Belgian Limburg
Tongeren Province of Belgian Limburg

Villes françoises

City name Contemporary location
Châtelet Province of Hainaut
Ciney Province of Namur
Couvin Province of Namur
Dinant Province of Namur
Fosses-la-Ville Province of Namur
Huy Province of Liège
Liège Province of Liège
Thuin Province of Hainaut
Verviers Province of Liège
Visé Province of Liège
Waremme Province of Liège

Cities with a special statute

The Condominium of Maastricht - of which the Prince-Bishopric shared the authority with the Duchy of Brabant and later the Dutch Republic - as well as the Dukedom of Bouillon comprised the two cities with special statute.

City name Contemporary location
Bouillon Province of Luxembourg
Maastricht Province of Dutch Limburg, Netherlands

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