UNESCO World Heritage
Luxembourg, old quarters and fortifications

Luxembourg is a modern, cosmopolitan, lively city on a human scale. The marks left by the past merge with a contemporary world on the move. This scholarly mixture is one of the components of the city's identity: a meeting place for cultures with a rich ...

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Hopping procession of Echternach

Echternach, already famous for its Benedictine abbey founded by St. Willibrord (698), which experienced its days of splendour in the Middle Ages thanks to its gold illumination studios, owes its world renown to its or Hopping Procession. Every year on Whit ...

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The Family of Man

THE FAMILY OF MAN a photographic legend at Clervaux Castle The Family of Man is made up of 503 photographs by 273 artists, from 68 countries, brought together by Edward Steichen for the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Presented for the first tim...

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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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Hopping procession of Echternach

Where : Echternach

Echternach, already famous for its Benedictine abbey founded by St. Willibrord...

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Luxembourg, old quarters and fortifications

Where : Luxembourg City

Luxembourg is a modern, cosmopolitan, lively city on a human scale. The marks...

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The Family of Man

Where : Clervaux

THE FAMILY OF MAN a photographic legend at Clervaux Castle The Family of Man...

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