The Fortress of Lucilinburhugh, Luxembourg

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    The gate

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The fortress gate was built in 1735. Interestingly, when we entered Luxembourg by car and tried to find the youth hostel, we took a wrong turn and ended up in a tunnel. I now realise that the tunnel went all the way under the ancient quarters of the fortress!

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    Casemats

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The thick fortress walls still contain over 20 kms of walkable casemats which you can visit. You can see the entry when walking on the Montée de Clausen. If you're staying in the city hostel, you'll pass all this every day!

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    Grund

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This whole area is known as 'Grund' (that must translate to Ground').
    The long building (under the cranes) in the background used to be a hospital with 3 meter thick walls to protect against cannonball fire. It is nowadays the national archive.

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    Explore the casemates. ...

    by DrewV Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Explore the casemates. Luxembourg was once called the Gibraltar of the North, and by exploring these fortifications beneath the city, you begin to see why. Most of the immense citadel was destroyed as a prerequisite for Luxembourgois independence in 1815. But what's remaining is still certainly formidable and fun to explore, as Marguerite and Brigitta demonstrate.

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    Sigefroi

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    COUNT SIGEFROI

    Favorite thing: This must be the famous Count Sigefroi that first started building the fortress in 963. It was only first (and last) captured in 1443!

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    Great defence

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Imagine the cannon fire from these casemats. Below is a valley, an enemy could hardly approach unseen from this side.

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    Huge walls

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The wall on which I am standing used to be 7 meters higher than it is now. No wonder the fortress was never taken. Look down and see the car below, then you see how high it already is.

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    A thousand years

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    LEIDEN WALL POETRY

    Favorite thing: The photos of Luxembourg as a fortress city merits some attention of its own. So I put them all in the General Tips. Here you see the city exists well over a 1000 years!

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