Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg

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    Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jul 5, 2012

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    Walking through downtown Luxembourg City we were completely unaware what we were looking at when we arrrived at the Grand Ducal Palace. The palace is not set back from the street and aside from its size, the presence of guards out front, and the flags flying from the roof it is sometimes mistaken for something else.

    The palace is the official residence of the Grand Duke where he carries out his administrative functions. There are extensive state rooms on the first floor of the palace and the rooms are used to receive heads of state and dignitaries from other countries.

    The palace was built in the late 1500's and served as the Luxembourg City Hall for over 200 years. Beginning in 1890 the palace was exclusively reserved for the Royal Duke and his family. Around the same time the palace received a major rennovation and a new wing was constructed.

    The Grand Ducal Palace was occupied by the Nazis during World War 2 and the interior was significantly damaged. Over the next fifty years the palace was restored to its previous glory.

    While it is said there are tours of the palace, we could find no evidence of such tours while we were there. We only admired the front facade and took pictures.

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    Palais du Grand Duc

    by travelthrough Written Apr 18, 2009

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    The Grand Ducal Palace was built in the 16th century in a Moorish-style architecture. Nowadays, this major sight of Luxembourg City attracts all the tourists and may be a reminder of fairy tale castles in Walt Disney cartoons. The luxurious interior of this city palais (there are neither palace gardens nor a park) can only be visited a few times a year, but you can catch a glimpse through the windows on the right-hand side of the palais. The palace is the official residence of the Grand Duke and includes the Chamber of Deputies on the right-hand entrance part. One military soldier usually gards the main entrance. During Nazi rule, the palace was mainly used as a tavern and concert hall, much of the interior has been stolen or heavily damaged and had to be refurnished.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by HORSCHECK Written Jan 21, 2008

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    The Grand Ducal Palace is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who is the head of the Grand Duchy.

    The building with many Rennaissance style decorations was constructed in the late 16th century. During WWII it was used as a concert hall and tavern for the Nazis.

    A guard with a gun is usually standing in front of the building and is probably more than happy to have his photo taken.

    Directions:
    The Grand Ducal Palace is located in the city centre at the Rue Du Marche aux Herbes, just east of the square Place Guillaume II.

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    Royal Palace

    by el_ruso Written Sep 5, 2007

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    This XVI century palace was built during Spanish rule and until recently was the home of the ducal family of Luxembourg (they now reside in a castle outside the city). The building still serves as the office of the Grand Duke. Royal family apparently is fairly popular in Luxembourg.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 2, 2006

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    The Palace

    In its function as the city residence of the Grand-Ducal family, it is situated right in the core of the Old Town.
    Formerly the first town hall of the city occupied the site of the present palace; destroyed by a gunpowder explosion (1554), the town hall was rebuilt 20 years later. In the middle of the 18th century the former City Scales were added as an extension, whereas the Chamber of Deputies was built as an annex in 1859.
    Since 1890 the main building has been the Grand Ducal Palace. From 1992 to 1995 it was restored thoroughly.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by Dabs Written Oct 8, 2006

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    When the royal family is off sunning themselves on the French Riviera from around mid-July to early September, the Grand Ducal Palace is open to visitors for guided tours but we were there just about a week too late, the tourism office said that the tours ran through September 3rd. If you do go in the summer months, stop by the Tourism office where you can pick up tickets.

    Alas, we only got to see the Palace from the outside and it's a pretty Moorish style building, built in the 1570s when Luxembourg was under Spanish rule. The royals lived here at the end of the 19th century but it's now used as offices and for formal receptions, the tanned Grand Duke and his family live elsewhere in Luxembourg.

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    Understated Elegance

    by rcsparty Written Sep 21, 2006

    The palace almost caught us by surprise, as it is very understated, although elegant, on the outside. The guard out front clued us in that the building most be something. It is the official residence of the Duke of Luxembourg, although the family usually stays elsewhere. The building was started in the 16th century and has been continually expanded, and rebuilt after a gunpowder explosion. My understanding is that the inside is very lavish, but we did not visit.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by sswagner Written Jan 2, 2006

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    This fascinating building is not far from the Notre Dame Cathedral. It's architecture reminds of buildings typically found in France. Of course, the close proximity to France could have something to do with this. The palace is very elegant and stands in a nice area of the old city. A lone guard stood watch at the main entrance.

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    The official residence of the Grand Duke

    by morgenhund Written Dec 4, 2005

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    The Grand Duke's Palace is no longer the permanent residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg - it houses his office as well as being the venue for civic receptions. In the summer, whilst the royal family are away on holiday, there are tours available, with the tickets available from the Tourist Information Office but limited to 40 per tour. It was originally built during Spanish rule during the 1570s and then extended during the 19th century. There is a guard on duty outside but otherwise security is relatively relaxed when compared with other royal palaces - but then again the Grand Duke has always been a lot more approachable than most royals.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    The palace has been the official residence ot the Grand Duke since 1980. Before that, even Louis XIV and Napoleon stayed here. In front of the palace, the Luxemburgers gather here on June 23rd to greet their sovereign.\
    I hope someone can tell my why on this date.

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    Grand Ducal Palace

    by ATLC Written Apr 4, 2005

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    In the middle of town, with no warning, you suddenly find yourself in front of the palace of the Archduke of Luxembourg. Almost like a 'normal' grand house, only bigger. The soldier keeping watch is the sole giveaway. The building was started in 1572 but it has been added on, redecorated and even restored after an explosion during the time that it served as a town hall in the 17th century.

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    Palais ducal

    by Marie-Claude Written Feb 22, 2005

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    There we are.. it is like in Monaco. the armed gards in front of the palace. They seemed to have been at the same school.. they walk and do some rounds around while moving their guns in a particular way. Very amusing ;)

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    Palais Grand Ducal

    by Blatherwick Written Dec 20, 2004

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    The Grand Ducal Palace is a grand structure that houses the royal family of Luxembourg. The neat thing is the the palace is right in the centre of town and fits in like any other building.

    The palace was originally built as a town hall in 1572. From 1815 onwards, the Palace was used to house the Government Commission and the various governments which succeeded it until 1867. From 1848 onwards, the new Chamber of Deputies was also housed there, so the executive and legislative powers shared the same building. The latter power, which became the "Assemblée des Etats" (Assembly of the States) in 1857, remained there until 30 October 1860, when it moved to its present site to the right of the Palace.

    The alteration of the Palace for the exclusive and official use of the sovereign coincided with the arrival of the new Nassau-Weilbourg dynasty in 1890.

    The Palace is open for viewing from mid July to late August. As with all working palaces there is the required watching of the changing of the guard.

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    Pretty, elegant

    by Norali Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Details of the facade, Palais Grand Ducal

    See why I told it was elegant ?
    Click on the picture to enlarge: no extravaganzza, no opulent ornations.

    For some reason, I like the Grand Ducal Palace style. I found its exterior more beautiful than our Brussel's Palais Royal. Though, the latter is located in an area where such palaces should be: on a distinctive place, without any immediate neighbouring. Seen from its main facade, there is not any adjacent building to Palais Royal whilst Palais Grand Ducal is bordered by the building of Cour des Comptes at its main facade.

    Knowing the Palais Grand Ducal building was built as a town hall, its location in the middle of it all doesn't surprise me at all.

    I told you, it was a real running-off for me...

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    The minimalist city

    by Norali Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Walking in the historical city center, and even anywhere else - de facto, I noticed that architecture is a lot lot sober. You wouldn't find here the monumental statues of Rome, the monumental fountains of Paris, not even the funky things of Brussels: the tiny peeing boy, the dusty peeing dog... None of that.

    Even facades are kept simple, neat, without any gargoyle neither cherub. See this building on the picture ? It is their Palais Grand Ducal. The Grand Duc has his office there. For the city being small and easy to browse, I didn't find it useful to have a map there. Just ask people. Still, when I was walking in the street of Palais Grand Ducal, I needed a map to reassure me about its location. Why ? because you wouldn't take it as a Palace. So simple and elegant... but not that many perspectives on the building itself. It looks on Place Guillaume II and that's the wider perspective you would have. Also, I saw a gard watching, not many.

    The related building next to it is la Cour des Comptes.

    Now, I would believe that Luxemburger motto is "Keep it super simple and ... expensive".

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