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Culture of Luxembourg. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Luxembourg Cathedrale Notre-Dame Luxembourg is full of interesting attractions, museums and charming parks. Grand Ducal Palace is, surely, one of major tourist sites of the city. This is a truly beautiful architectural structure. Travelers, who visit the city during July and August, will have a unique opportunity to walk through the corridors of the palace and visit its halls. The reason for this is in the fact that at this time of a year the Grand Duke and his family make a vacation, so the palace becomes fully available to curious travelers.
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Among other attractive architectural places of interest are distinguished an old Jesuit college, church of Saint-Michel, which was built in the 10th century, and the town hall. A walk through the garden of Ernst Mansfeld will bring you great pleasure, and fans of unusual excursions should not forget to visit Bock Casemates. During the Second World War the casemates have saved lives of more than thirty thousand people. The majority has been destroyed, so today visitors of the historical complex can see only a couple of those grand buildings that have been built during the war. Royal Park is a great place for walks. The park is visited by thousands of tourists and locals every day.
The library of Jesuits is one more important historical. Until the end of the 18th century the library was the only educational institution in the city. It is worth noting that even nowadays the city doesn’t have its own educational institutions, only several branches of German and French universities. The ancient fish market is not only a place for all kinds of fairs and festivals. This is a real tourist attraction. On the territory of the market you will see an ancient well. Many interesting legends and stories are associated with it. Your walk on Liberty Avenue will be surely very interesting. Beautiful historic buildings that feature various architectural styles can be seen here right at every step. Adolf Bridge is another place that is worth visiting. The bridge is named after the famous Duke. An interesting fact - the Duke of Luxembourg visited the city just a couple of times and even tried to sell the city to France. You will hear interesting stories connected with almost each tourist attraction of the city. This will make your stay in Luxembourg an unforgettable adventure. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The city of Luxembourg has a sufficient number of interesting sacred architectural structures. In addition to the already mentioned Saint Michel’s church (Église Saint-Michel), there are other beautiful cathedrals, among which is primarily worth noting the majestic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, which has two organs. The church was built in the early 17th century. Also notable is Eglise Sacré Coeur, which often hosts classical music concerts. The city likewise has an Orthodox church, Église des Saints Apôtres Pierre et Paul, built in the year 1982 for the Russian community in the city, as well as two synagogues, as the Jewish community in the city is quite large.
Abtei Neumunster The remains of the Luxembourg fortress, Citadelle du St-Esprit and Dent Creuse, are remarkable in the eyes of tourists as a building that stores history. At some point in time, battles were fought in this building between the French, the Flemish, the Germans, the Dutch – in short, this is barely what was left of the former power of the once great Luxembourg fortress. A walk beside the building will bring you only pleasant impressions – it is not every day that one gets the opportunity to walk around a building with such a story. La Passerelle, built in the middle of the 19th century, is another architecturally interesting structure worth visiting. Looking at this bridge, you involuntarily start remembering something magical.
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Place des Martyrs is a great place for walking, because this is like a real journey into the past. It was named in honor of the warriors of Luxembourg who died during wars. You can bring flowers here in memory of them. The square itself is surrounded by beautiful buildings. The square is called Rousegäertchen by the common people, due to the fact that there are a lot of flowers here brought by people, in remembrance of the fallen heroes. Furthermore, due to this fact, the city is also called the rose capital of Europe. Another great place for a historic walk would be Le Chemin de la Corniche.
Luxembourg Palace It is here, in Luxembourg, the rose capital of Europe, that the Cour de justice de l'Union européenne is located. The building contrasts a little with other architectural structures of historical value. Nevertheless, it fit perfectly into the image of the city, giving it a certain “style”. In Luxembourg, there are several fascinating monuments – for example, the sculptural composition “Maquette de la Fortresse”, which is a miniature city, as well as monuments to great people such as the Grand Duchess Charlotte, Wilhelm II, and the Monument to National Unity.
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Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg

» The cathedral was named after the Mother of God in 1848.
»  In 1613-1621, the building located in the southern district belonged to the Jesuits. In 150 years, when members of the Order were exiled outside the country, the church was given the icon of the city patroness. The house of God was named Notre-Dame Cathedral after her.
»  It had been constructed for 8 years since the beginning of the 17th century. The updated interior is designed in Neo-Gothic style of the 19th century. There are a lot of magnificent sculptures.
»  You can see here the icon of the Virgin holding the Infant Christ. It is made of wood.
»  There are two organs inside. One of them has 11 bells. The biggest organ has a diameter of 185 m. The bell tower was destroyed by fire. It was restored completely in 1985. The citizens still hear a melodious chime.
»  Here, you can see richly decorated tombs of the founding fathers of the city and the stone crypt with the ashes of the King of Bohemia, John the Blind. The crypt is located under the church. It is guarded by two bronze lions.
»  On Easter days, thousands of pilgrims visit the cathedral to pray to the Virgin.

City History Museum, Luxembourg

» Visit the History Museum to learn about city development. Here, you can see archaeological artifacts, household and religious items, and pieces of art.
»  The modern building was built specifically for demonstrating artifacts. The cultural institution is financed by the government.
»  Originally, the art object was created by enthusiasts in the late 18th century. They intended to preserve historical monuments and items of national pride. Church property was often sequestered.
»  All the conditions for better exposure are considered in the project of the construction. The museum was opened before the Second World War.
»  The first sector presents exhibits telling about historical artifacts and the natural relief. The museum is also proud of the astronomical machine of 1796.
»  Stone work tools, annals on parchment, weapons of ancient warriors, collectible numismatics, and preserved fragments of gravestones are just some of the exhibits being of academic interest and representing the life of the bygone era.
»  The part of the museum is dedicated to paintings and traditional crafts.

Saint Michael Church, Luxembourg

» At Saint Michel Church, Catholic services are held.
»  In 987, the facility for private worships was constructed here. The building was destroyed and restored many times.
»  It has not changed since 1688. There is a preserved emblem in the form of three lines on the walls of the temple.
»  During the Revolution, the construction was saved from being destroyed completely by the icon of the saint with the crown resembling a Jacobin hood. The room served as an entertainment venue for the Jacobins. The altar turned to stage for theatrical performances. Revolutionary plays were staged here.
»  The church is named after the city intercessor. As the legend says, exactly Saint Michael saved citizens from the huge serpent that appeared from the lake. The sculpture of the savior (the 17th century) was placed in the deep niche at the entrance.
»  St. Michael’s Church was restored at the beginning of the 21st century (in 2004).
»  The altar is decorated with complicated intertwined elements. They create an elusive sense of space. The altar and Gothic vault were created in 1519. However, the only main entrance has left from the original chapel.

Church of St. John, Luxembourg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The church was built at the beginning of the 14th century and was a part of the Benedictine monastery. The references to it date back to 1309.
»  It was constructed upon the order of Henry VII. The beginning of the 17th century was marked by the construction of the new building. It has been survived until today.
»  There is a painted altar with 3 shutters depicting scenes from the Holy Scripture. There is also a Gothic chapel for baptism. The organ was placed here. It was created in 1710.
»  Pilgrims from all over the world come here to bow to the miraculous sculpture. It depicts the Black Madonna. She holds a baby in one hand and a rod in the other. The sculpture is made of wood and installed over the main portal. The Black Madonna looks over the heads of worshipers. Her baby looks at the horizon. His hand is over the chest. His face has not a childish but adult impression.
»  The patroness watches over the weak and pregnant women. As the legend says, the wedding will be happy for those who come to see the Black Madonna.
»  There are two statues of saints at the sides of the doorway. They are dedicated to the nun and the priest.

Museum of the Central Bank, Luxembourg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Central Bank was founded in 1856. In the building of the late 19th century, there is a parent financial institution. Collectible exhibits are kept here, in the namesake Museum.
»  The cultural institution was founded in 1995. At the area of 650 square meters, you can see artifacts telling about the historical development of the bank in Luxembourg.
»  Here, you can see metal coins used many years ago. You can also learn about the production of banknotes. One of the sectors is dedicated to money stolen from bank safes.
»  By watching a film, the visitor can learn about bank robberies and bold bank raids in the 20th century. There is a collection of figurines. These are different ceramic, porcelain moneyboxes where money was kept.
»  The main bank branch includes three additional buildings. They are connected by an underground tunnel. Nowadays, canvasses of contemporary art are exhibited in the tunnel.
»  There are terminals in the museum. You can find information about the financial activity of the city on their interactive displays. Inquisitive tourists can also learn about how the Central Bank is changing the economy of the country.
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Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Luxembourg
♥   Palace 'Grand Ducal Palace' Luxembourg, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kurfürstliches Palais' Trier, 40.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Luxembourg and around
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of History and Art' Luxembourg City, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Mudam' Luxembourg City, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Luxembourg
♥   Basilika St. Matthias, Trier, 38.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Dom St. Peter, Trier, 40.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Paulin, Trier, 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Abbaye Saint-Maurice, Clervaux, 50.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Vincent, Metz, 54.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Étienne, Metz, 54.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Salvator, Prüm, 69.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Luxembourg. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Luxembourg: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Luxembourg. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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