Cathedral Notre Dame, Luxembourg

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    Notre Dame of Luxembourg

    by Skipka Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    In 1613 Jesuits decided to build here a church but they shouldn't know that one day it will become Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin and all people will call it "Notre Dame". It is built in late Gothis style mixed with rennaisance. Especially the vitrages and towers are great. However, it was renovated becaue on of the tower was burnt some tens of years. In 18th CT century there was adopted the picture of the Lady Comforter of the Afflicted who made miracles and she was the patron saint of the city and the country. And finally in 19th CT Pope Pius XI dedicated the cathedral to Virgin Mary. Later there was a little enlargement and nowadays there are several places to see inside such as the grave of duke, cathedral itself and also downstairs.

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    Cathedral of Notre Dame

    by HORSCHECK Written Jan 20, 2008

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    The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame is the most important Roman-Catholic church in Luxembourg-City. Its main entrance is dominated by a large statue of Our Lady (Notre Dame).

    The Cathedral was built in the early 17th century as a Jesuit Church with an adjoining college. The college is nowadays the National Library of Luxembourg.

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    The Cathedral of Notre Dame overlooks the Petrusse valley. It can be found in Luxembourg's city centre, just south of the squares Place d'Armes and Place Guillaume II.

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    A painting by Rubens

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    It's a very bad photo, due to the sun shining in directly behind the painting. The painting is an early Rubens, depicting the admiration of Christ by the three kings. For a church, this is a great treasure to have such a precious painting. It reminds me of the Rubens paintings in the Pieterskerk in Antwerp.

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    A fascinating mish-mash

    by leics Written Feb 21, 2013

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    I did like the Cathedrale Notre Dame (dating originally from 1613) even though my guidebook was extremely derisory of its architecture.

    I liked the huge Art Deco columns (1930s, apparently), and the (modern) stained-glass, and especially the hugely twiddly Baroque gallery (1622): lots of angels and flowers and similar, carved from alabaster.

    I was especially intrigued by the sub-Indian figures carved into some of the columns near that gallery. They are certainly not Art Deco, but I doubt they are from the 1600s either. I wonder how they turned up in the cathedral?

    'The Comforter of the Afflicted', patron saint of the city and the state of Luxembourg, is a limewood Madonna dressed in elaborate and glittery clothing. When I visited she was displayed in a glass case near the altar: I suspect that it her usual spot.

    It is possible to visit the crypt, when the ducal tombs are, but somehow I missed the doorway. I think I was put off by the short service which had begun during my visit (it was a *very* short service, not sure what it was for)...I really do not feel it is right to explore places of worship whilst there is a service in progress. It seems disrespectful to thos who are worshipping.

    The cathedral may not be particularly ancient or special in architectural terms, but it's definitely somewhere you should visit when in the Vielle Ville....if only to ponder the origin of those sub-Indian carvings!

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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg

    by Mikebond Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    This cathedral is located in the city centre. The ancient part was the college of Jesuits. The Belgian Jesuites opened a college in the city of Luxembourg in 1603. The plans for this church were drawn by the Jesuit Jean du Blocque and the construction is due to Ulrich Lob from Luzern (Schweiz).
    The bishop of Trier Georg von Helffenstein consacrated the church, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
    The Jesuit order was suppressed in 1773. In 1778 Empress Maria-Theresa, queen of the Austrian Netherlands, to which Luxembourg belonged, entrusted the ancient church to the city of Luxembourg. The church took the name of Saint Nicolas et Sainte Thérèse.
    During the French Revolution, the statue of Notre-Dame, protector of the city and of the country, was located in this new church. The French army occupied Luxembourg and the church was entitled to Saint Pierre.
    The church became a cathedral in 1870.
    The annual pilgrimage to Notre-Dame du Luxembourg, Consolatrice des Affligés is celebrated from the 3rd to the 5th Sunday after Easter.
    The Cathedral is open from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 5.30 pm, except during celebrations. The entrance is free.

    This photo is rather bad, because it was raining a lot, so I took it in a hurry.

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    THE BLESSED VIRGIN

    by DAO Updated Aug 30, 2008

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    CATHEDRAL NOTRE DAME

    Officially its actually called the Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin and started as a Jesuit church in 1613. This huge Cathedral is still a working church. It is also worth a quick (free) peek to see the elaborately decorated interior and crypt below housing several famous locals and Royals. The ‘Lady Comforter of the Afflicted’ is a famous statue of the Virgin Mary you can find in the main altar area. It was first mentioned in records of 1624. The Virgin Mary is the patron saint of the city and the country. Entrances in rue Notre-Dame and boulevard F.D. Roosevelt.

    Open every day from 10 a.m. to midday and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., except for religious functions. Admission is free.

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    Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin

    by Imbi Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin
    It was established in 1613 but at that time it was just a small church but in eighteenth century it was renovated and extended. You can see the late Gothic style structure and no doubt it is very impressive. It was after that became cathedral.

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    Cathedrale Notre Dame

    by acemj Updated May 21, 2006

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    The city's main cathedral is Notre Dame, whose trinity of spires punctuates the city's skyline. The inside isn't as appealing with nothing that leaves you saying "oh my". Check out the gallery behind the nave with a decent collection of alabaster angels. You'll also find "The Comforter of the Afflicted," an effigy of the Madonna and Child which is a national treasure.

    The hours are a bit limited. You can visit from 10am to noon and then from 2 to 5:30 pm daily and there is no charge.

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    Cathedrale de Notre-Dame

    by el_ruso Written Sep 5, 2007

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    This cathedral is reminiscent of the country: small, but beautiful and lovely. The medieval spires contrast with a much renovated interior. There are beautiful and other decorations inside. Unfortunately, the area around the cathedral is very built up, and it is impossible to get an unobstructed view of the exterior.

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    Notre Dame

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 2, 2009

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    Notre Dame, the Church of Our Lady, is Luxembourg's largest, most historic church. Completed in 1621, it was designed by Jesuit Brother Jean du Blocq and built by Ulrich Job from Lucerne, Switzerland. It was originally part of the Jesuit college. In 1778, Austrian Empress Maria Theresa gave this church to the city.

    It was renamed Notre Dame in 1844, and elevated to the status of a cathedral by Pope Pius IX in 1870. Extensive restoration took place in the 1970s and 80s.

    The cathedral dominates the old city center. It's one of the city's main attractions.

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    Notre Dame

    by travelthrough Written Mar 25, 2009

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    The city's main cathedral Notre Dame dates back to the 17th century. When you enter the old city center via the main bridge, the first and most important sight there is the cathedral. With
    the Madonna on the portal, you cannot miss it, even though the interior is far less impressive
    than its spires.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by dejavu2gb Written May 24, 2006

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    The Notre Dame is located in the heart of the historic old town, and it very easy to find. You will see it as you cross the Adolphe Bridge, right in front of you. Its got these huge big spires that makes it blend in nicely with the other beautiful historic buildings of Luxembourg.
    It was built in 1613, and originally intended to be a Jesuit Church. Around 50 years later the it was elevated and made Cathedral Notre Dame by Pope Pius IX.

    As for the opening times and whether you can visit or not... I am not sure, sorry. Our time in Luxembourg was limited, so we just had to admire it from the outside.

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    Cathedral of our Lady - Cathédrale Notre Dame

    by Airpunk Written Sep 2, 2014

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    The Cathedral of Our Lady is the only Cathedral in the state of Luxembourg. It grew out of a former Jesuit church from 1613 and has an interesting mix of Gothic and Renaissance elements. In 1870, it was elevated to a Cathedral. The Cathedral was refurbished, altered and expanded several times, the last time in 1938. In 1985, a fire damaged the Cathedral leading to a collapse of the west tower and the destruction of all of its bells. The crypt is the resting place of the deceased members of the Royal Family and usually not accessible to the public.
    Inside, you will have beuatiful gothic arches as well as art deco columns from the refurbishment in the 1960s. Note that each of those column has a different pattern. No entry fee, donations are not mandatory but still welcome. Check their homepage for actual opening times.

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    Notre Dame

    by rcsparty Written Sep 21, 2006

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    The church was built in the 17th century by the Jesuits. It was renovated and enlarged in the 18th century. The style is late gothic, with a touch of Renaissance. Probably most interesting is the painting by Peter Paul Rubens inside the church. It is not as impressive as some other cathedrals you will find throughout Europe, but well worth a stop while in Luxembourg.

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    Cathedrale de Notre Dame

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    Jesuits built a church here in the 17th century, and two hundred years later it was promoted to the status of Cathedral. Its Gothic architecture and immense size makes it one of the most imposing buildings in the city, and stands out along the old town's skyline when viewing it from the Adolphe Bridge.

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