Luxembourg's rich history has led UNESCO to recognise a total of 3 remarkable sites to be included on the World Heritage list. Allow us to introduce you to these treasures, touch on some of Luxembourg's history and show you more about this beautiful country!
Luxembourg is not only a picturesque country, but one with a rich history as well. 3 remarkable sites stand out and are now included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. More information below!
Luxembourg – the old city & fortifications
Luxembourg City manages to find a beautiful balance between its rich history while combining the modern elements of an international one. This blend of past and present, together with its authentic and contemporary architecture, has come to form its identity and appeal. Remnants of the past however tip the scales when it comes to sites on the World Heritage List as the old city and its fortifications have earned a well-deserved place on the list since 1994.
The city’s eventful history has to do with its strategic location between France and Germany and her defences. These fortifications were continually expanded over the years by different kings, emperors and other commanders from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and a few other smaller European countries. The architecture and military significance of these fortifications have come to determine the uniqueness of Luxembourg, rightfully earning their place on the World Heritage List. The fortresses are also known as the casemates of Luxembourg and represent a prime example of military architecture in Europe.
Dancing Procession of Echternach
The Dancing Procession is a cultural phenomenon in and around Echternach. The event takes place on the Tuesday after Pentecost when varying pilgrims gather for the procession to the St-Willibrord Basilica. They do this especially while dancing the polka, a physically exerting dance where you continually jump from one leg to the other. This together with the fact that around 14.000 pilgrims partake every year makes it very unique and deserving of a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The Family of Man
The Family of Man is the largest photography exhibition in the world. For this reason alone it was awarded a place on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2003. Its humble beginning dates back to 1955 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has since then travelled over the globe. It was founded by Edward Steichen, a curator and photographer from Luxembourg who meticulously selected 503 photographs taken by 273 artists and (amateur) photographers from 68 countries to finalise the exhibition. The Family of Man exhibition serves as a defining symbol for mutual respect and touches on themes such as faith, birth, love, work, war and peace.