Thursday, December 05, 2013

City of Luxembourg - UNESCO #699

My first postcard from Luxembourg! This small country (the last Grand Duchy of the world) stands between France, Belgium and Germany and it's one of the richest per capita in Europe and attracts lots of foreigners seeking a better future (it's one of the main destinations for portuguese emigration) - I never had the chance to visit it but I've heard it is a beautiful place. Thank you very much Katrin for this nice card, the 235th site in my UNESCO collection (only 746 to finish) and because there is only one site from Luxembourg in the list, I've completed another country (yeah!). This postcard took 3 days to arrive!

UNESCO #699 - Old Quarters of the City of Luxembourg - LUXEMBOURG
Because of its strategic position, Luxembourg was, from the 16th century until 1867, when its walls were dismantled, one of Europe's greatest fortified sites. It was repeatedly reinforced as it passed from one great European power to another: the Holy Roman Emperors, the House of Burgundy, the Habsburgs, the French and Spanish kings, and finally the Prussians. Until their partial demolition, the fortifications were a fine example of military architecture spanning several centuries.


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