The Family of Man
Magnificent collection of 500 black-and-white pictures, showing man in all possible activities and emotions. The collection originated from The Museum of Modern Art (New York) in 1955 and travelled the world round untill 1964. That year it was donated to Luxemburg by the American Government by wish of the creator, Edward J. Steichen. After carefull restauration the photographs are now exibited in the Chateau in Clervaux
Town walk -video tour
Clervaux is a small town set in the narrow valley of the river Klierf and surrounded by wood covered hills.
The Family of Man, a famous exhibit of photos collected by Edward Steichen, is on permanent display at the Castle of Clervaux. The castle was built in the 12th century.
The Clervaux castle now houses the offices of the local government, the reception of the "Syndicat d'Initiative" (local Tourist Office), a collection of models of Luxembourg's old fortified castles, and a small war museum exhibiting weapons and souvenirs from the 1944-1945 Ardennes offensive (Battle of the Bulge).
Several walking trails have origin and end in or near Clervaux.
VIDEO of my visit:
Abbaye Saint Maurice et Saint Maur
The abbey sits on a hill above the city surrounded by forest. Instead of driving, walk from the the Église de Clervaux. It is a nice walk through the woods. Along the way you will pass the Souvenir de Klëppelkrich. The monument sits just outside the walls of the abbey. Unfortunantly, there is a sign for no photography inside the abbey. During our visit is was rather dark inside, but the music from the pipe organ was worth it.
Clervaux other activities
80 kms of well marked footpaths with viewpoints wait the nature lovers. There are regional walking maps.
You can as well try mountain bike or swim in the indoor swimming pool.
There are also minigolf and golf facilities.
The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Maurice and St.Maur, built in 1910 in Romanesque-burgundian style, dominates the valley and the city of Clervaux. It’s a short drive from the city centre. Unfortunately when you first see it from afar you get a strong impression of the Abbey, but as soon as you visit it you realize that it’s just a 20th century construction (the church is rather plain). There is a an exhibiton with photo named “The Monastical Life” open daily 9am-7pm, which for the serious ones worth a quick look.
The Abbey holds Gregorian masses and a mentioned people are welcome to spiritual retreat (there are lodgings). If you like sacred art there is a souvenir shop as well.
Photo exhibition “The family of man”
This is a very sentimental photo collection housed in the feudal castle upon the city of Clervaux. Though I like taking pictures I seldom visit photo collections, but while this one is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I thought it deserved a glance. And how lucky I was to follow my instinct.
This is one of the largest photo exhibitions, realized in 1955 by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
First of all as the title says it is focused on “Man”. Every aspect of human life: love, birth, death, marriage, work, hunger, war etc is displayed through photos from all corners of the world. It created me strong feelings while it proved me once more that human life and feelings despite the differences in cultures, stay universal. So there are more to unite us than to separate… Highly recommended to visit.
There is an admission fee of 4.5 euros.
Family of Man
Clervaux Castle houses the biggest foto-exposition of all times. This exposition is made by Edward Steichen and has travelled all over the world. Now it has a permanent place in Clervaux Castle and certainly is worth a visit.
Clervaux Abbey Church
This not that much decorated church is really a place where people should relax a bit. If you are lucky someone will play the organ what makes such special atmosphere you wouldn't go away, doesn't matter if you believe in God or not. Everything is arranged in non-forcible way.
The valley is majesticaly dominated by the benedictic St. Maurice abbey. The construction goes back to the years 1909, 1910 here you will find an interresting exposition of the customs and sacred rites. The priests of St. Maurice had a life of prayers and seclusion in spirit dictated by the rules of Saint Benedict.
Église de Clervaux
The church was built in the beginning of the 20th century. Go inside! Outside above the entryways there are nice tiled mosaics and a large one above the alter.
The old castle built in the 12th century, dominates the view by its imposing mass and has witnessed a millenia of prestige and power of the count of Clervaux.
Museum of Toys
The museum of toys has a variety of metal toys, miniature railways, dolls and dollhouses, rocking horses, steamengines, tin soldiers and a lot of other magnificient surprises.
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