UNESCO world heritage in Luxembourg

The country of Luxembourg invites you to discover their three fabulous cultural sites, all registered on the UNESCO world heritage list.

The fortifications of the Old City of Luxembourg and its ancient quarters have been part of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage since 1994. This urban unity joins the historical, medieval, classical and contemporary architectural styles like nowhere else. The capital’s old city, located around the “Bock”, highlights the 1000-year-old history of the fortress. Famous international architects and the military engineer Vauban, contributed over the centuries to the development of the fortification to such an extent that it was referred to as the Gibraltar of the North. The remains can still be visited today and are a unique tourist attraction in Europe with 17 km underground tunnels which can be partly accessed from two different locations in the centre of Luxembourg. And don’t forget to stroll over the Corniche which offers panoramic views of the historic sites and the modern buildings, monuments and European institutions at the Kirchberg district. The capital city of Luxembourg, with its winding valleys, watercourses, bridges and majestic architecture, reflects the mosaic of different styles so typical for the Luxembourgish country and culture.

The photo collection "The Family of Man", curated by the world known photographer Edward Steichen, has been registered by UNESCO in the Memory of the World Register since 2003. His pictures have one important message: the unity of the people. The exhibition has toured the world for years before being permanently installed at the castle of Clervaux and being recognized by the Unesco organisation.

Finally, the famous dancing procession of Echternach (hopping procession), taking place on Whit Tuesday and uniting a national and international public, was recognized as a UNESCO immaterial cultural heritage in 2010. When Willibrord, the founder of the local Benedictine monastery died in 739, pilgrims flocked to Echternach to pay homage to the missionary. The first testimonials go back to the 11th century.  The abbey museum highlights the life and deeds of holy Willibrord.

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A vibrant historical legacy: "UNESCO World Heritage Day" on 7 June

Luxembourg is celebrating its UNESCO anniversary! Luxembourg Old Town with its historic neighbourhoods has officially been part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage family for the past 25 years. This anniversary year 2020 sees one event after another marking this special accolade. Such as the international "World Heritage Day" on Sunday, 7th June.
This includes an Instagram photographic competition, starting on that day (#Luxembourgyourworldheritage), and a specially shot film Luxembourg#yourworldheritage. In Dräi Eechelen Park the exhibition "L‘ordre présent est le désordre du futur" (The present order is the disorder of the future) by artist Ian Hamilton Finlay bears witness to "25 years of world cultural heritage".

The dancing procession at Echternach, a UNESCO world cultural heritage event since 2010, is accompanied by a special exhibition in an open courtyard in the Basilica.

The Lëtzebuerg City Museum with its UNESCO Visitor Center has reopened to the public. And the famous exhibition "The Family of Man", curated by Edward Steichen, which has enjoyed UNESCO world cultural heritage status since 2003, is again on view at Clervaux Castle.

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