My blog is about not so popular tourist destinations (mainly from a Bulgarian point of view, but not only), yet if I don’t show something from the capital of this tiny country with a few more than a half million residents, then what else remains to be shown in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg… I’m joking, of course. But for the moment, I’ve decided that Luxembourg City and Brussels will be the only popular destinations to present here, only because I might have missed visiting some important sights there, but in return, I’ve photographed other, not seen by everyone (this applies mainly to Brussels).
So, Luxembourg – the land of the luxurious life, the cosmic high salaries, but also equivalent to them prices, the lowest level of the value added tax/VAT in EU – as late as the last year, it was increased to 17% (it was 15% previously), low prices of petrol (what all the people living near the borders with Luxembourg take advantage of), lower prices for alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, perfumes..
The name Luxembourg derives from „Lucilinburhus“ – ‘a small castle or town’, later transformed into Lützelburg, and at last in Luxembourg. That is the castle that the Ardennes Count Siegfried I erected in AD 963 on the territory obtained from the Abbey of St. Maximin in Trier through an exchange treaty. The founding and the development of the city and the whole country subsequently is linked to it. After consecutive capture by France, Prussia, Spain, the Netherlands, and Austria – something typical of the Western region of Europa, as we’ve already seen, in the 19th century, Luxembourg received its independence.
Palais Grand Ducal/the Grand Ducal Palace – residence of the Ducal Family from 1890. It dates from the 13th century and it has served as a town hall for 500 years.
Rue Marché aux Herbes – the same street where the Palace stands, but on the other side.
Cercle Municipal – a town palace and administrative building from 1909.
That building that looks like a palace from afar is in effect the Bank Museum.
The Late Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral (Virgin Mary is the patron saint of the city and of Luxembourg in general) was erected between 1613 and 1617 by Jesuits, and in 1870, it became a cathedral.
The first time when I wanted to visit it, it was closed due to the forthcoming marriage of the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume von Luxemburg with the Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. That was in October 2012.
Decorations on the north portal, dating from 1621.
The new west portal with the statue of Virgin Mary at the front called also Mary’s Portal is added at the time of the reconstruction and extension of the cathedral between 1935 and 1938.
In the courtyard of „Refugium St. Maximin“ – the building of the former branch of the Trier Benedictine Abbey of St. Maximin next to the cathedral (they not only gave the site for the subsequent building of the city and the land, but they also continued to be present here). Today it houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The park installations in the valley of the Pétrusse River, one of the two rivers in Luxembourg City, over which is created a web of bridges and viaducts.
The so-called Dent creuse/Hollow tooth is a ruin on the rocks where previously the castle of Siegfried stood.
And finally – the Monument of Remembrance or Gëlle Fra/Golden Lady war memorial from 1923, built in memory of the victims of the World War I. It is a bit like the American Statue of Liberty but in a Luxembourg manner.