Gellen Fra (Golden Lady), Luxembourg
The Golden Lady Monument (Gelle Fra) was erected in 1923 to commemorate the Luxembourger victims of the First World War.
In 1940 the monument was demolished by the Nazis, but later in 1984 it was reconstructed in its original apperance.
The Golden Lady Monument is situated on Constitution Square just on the cliff top of the Petrusse valley. From here you can enjoy wonderful views of the valley and the Adolphe Bridge.
This is a 12 metre high pyramid with a statue of the Goddess of Victory. It is a memorial for all the Luxembourg soldiers that fell during any war. It was made by the Luxembourg artist Claus Cito. With the sun shining on it, it really is a beautiful golden sight.
Gelle Fra memorial is also known as golden Lady and it is a mark of the solidarity, unity and faith. It was established in 1923 on the honour of people who sacrificed their life in First World War but it was ruined during Second World War but again opened for public in 1984.
Luxembourg’s national monument was once just a memorial to the fallen soldiers of WWI. It became the National monument through rededication and through its history during the Nazi years. The monument consists of an obelisk with two bronze statues on the ground and a golden female figure on top of the obelisk. The latter figure is known to the locals as “Gelle Fra” (Golden Lady), a name which has been adapted for the whole monument.
In 1940, the Nazi occupants ordered the movement to be pulled down – they usually disliked monuments remembering the German defeat of WWI. The locals protested against it and some students were arrested, but the national monument was no more. However, it seems that the locals managed to hide the Gelle Fra sculpture. Though it was usually thought that it was destroyed during the war, Gelle Fra appeared hidden in the national stadium in 1980. The discovery was only Published for the National Holiday in 1981 and in 1985, the monument was unveiled again.
In the south of the city centre, just a short walk away from Place des Armes and Knuedler. The monument overlooks the Petrusse Valley, though Gelle Fra itself faces the city.
The Golden Lady on Constitution Square was set up in 1923 to commemorate the Luxembourgers who perished in the First World War. The memorial represents a gold-plated female figure on a stone obelisk.
On 20th October 1940 the Nazis pulled the monument down; only in 1984 did extensive restoration give it back its original appearance.
Today it symbolizes freedom and resistance for the Luxembourg people.
The statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte commemorates the former ruler of Luxembourg, Grand Duchess Charlotte, who to date is the only female ruler of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. She was a very highly revered figure, having ruled for 45 years in Luxembourg from 1919-1964, including of course during the Second World War.
The Gëlle Fra (Golden Lady) is a statue on the godess Nike on top of a column. It was created in 1923 to commemorate the Luxembourgers who lost their lives in the first world war. The German nazis pulled it down in 1940 but after extensive restoration works it was once again in place in 1984.
When I visited, the Gëlle Fra wasn't at home! She was working - in the Luxembourg pavillion at the World Exhibition in Shanghai and she should not be put back in place until October. So I have to use the same pic as in the last tip since the train has its starting point right below Gëlle Fra. (That must be to recycle pictures, I believe...)
The towering Gëlle Fra Memorial should draw you towards Place de la Constitution and a great place to start your tour of the city. The views from here across the Ville Basse and the Adolphe Bridge are sensational, and will give you a feeling for how this city of ups and downs exists. Gëlle Fra is Luxembourgish for "Golden Lady" and is the local name for the Remembrance Memorial statue.
This monument stands near fortifications in the old city. It was created in the 1920's to commemorate the Luxembourgers who perished during World War I, which was hoped to be the war to end all wars. it was destroyed and subsequently rebuilt. Near the monument, there are excellent lookout points over the old walls.