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Luxembourg

A few photos of Luxembourg – the city. Luxembourg the country is a grand duchy and the last one in Europe.

Banking is important off course and brings with it the highest per capita income in Europe.

This is the Spaerkaese or savings chest, it seems to be their moto, save and guard.

Spaerkaese (Spaarkas) die Staatsbank
Spaerkaese the State Bank

One can speculate that the security brought by the casemate lead to banking in Luxembourg becoming so popular.

Their tunnels in the mountains together with the Bock became the dream of every military man to such an extent that a decision was taken on European level to demolish them as they had become a threat to peace in Europe.

Starting a war only in order to take them had become worth while.

The Luxembourgoise word for their country is Letzebuerg. If it means Last Burg as one may assume, – it is a germanic language, it is quite aptly named.

Below a protestant church shows the name on their glass doors.

Apparently they are not people who want to battle with ventilation.

The Pétrusse valley runs through the heart of the city and is planted and maintained very beautifully. There is a very sophisticated and massive sluice system in place 😉

Sluis Lux vallei kanaal

From the Pétrusse valley you can see how they built walls on top of the cliffs. The whole town is a project that ran over centuries with a single purpose – defence.

You can only imagine.

Their is a very old and tiny chapel in the Pétrusse valley named after Saint Quirin. It was cut into the rock with a facade of cut rock.

Inside is a fountain where you can still see the original shrine built over it to mark it as a holy site.

The chapel is said to date from the 5th century AD. Rather early for Christianity to reach the North?

Sint Quirin kapel
Chapel of Saint Quirin

According to church authorities, it is still used on special occassions, but it doesn’t look as if they had one recently..

In town everything is very well  kept and seemingly wi-fi is big.

The war memorial is for WWI volunteers who gave their lives for the freedom of their country. A golden lady or gëlle fra in the local language.

WW1 monument
Gëlle Fra

Luxembourg was invaded by the Germans despite their declared neutrality, it was labelled a war necessity. Many people of Luxembourg didn’t trust the declared goals of the Germans and suspected that Germany will annex their country after the war. Later plans proved them right.

Those in Luxembourg at the time of the invasion couldn’t do much but people overseas at the time could join the allied forces. 3700 fought with the French and 2000 lost their lives. Luxemburg lost about 1% of her population at the time. A much higher price than many other countries.

Charlotte seems to have been a popular grand duchess. Her statue has pride of place and she had an important bridge named after her.

Duchess Charlotte bridge
Charlotte Hertogin
Duchess Charlotte

Outside of town, people have their gardens and provision is made for bon fires.

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