On 17th December 1994, Luxembourg City's old quarters and fortifications were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, 25 years later, the registration on the UNESCO World Heritage list is celebrated through various projects all year long.
Celebrations of this event have started at the end of 2019 and will go on until 17th December 2020. They coincide with the date on which "Luxembourg, old quarters and fortifications" were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee that gathered in Phuket in 1994.
Among the historical monuments of Luxembourg is the citadel of the Holy Spirit. The final appearance of the plateau dates back to the years 1685 and 1687.
On the Rham Plateau, witnesses of the military past are still very much present.
For these celebrations, a call for projects was launched and many participants offered events, photographic exhibitions, guided tours, conferences, publishing projects, performances, for the whole year and always in connection with the Luxembourgish UNESCO World Heritage Site. 26 projects were selected among the proposals. They revolve around themes related to the UNESCO: education and artistic expression, sustainable development, new technologies and the intangible heritage.
The full programme of festivities of the Jubilee Year can be found on the website https://worldheritage.lu/.
Monumental Arch of Palmyra, Peace Ambassador
As the world heritage is a common property of an exceptional value, the organisers have set up a 3D replica of the Monumental Arch of Palmyra that was destroyed by the terrorist organisation Islamic State in 2015 on neimënster square.
It can be seen from the Corniche and is in line with the plate recalling Luxembourg's registration on the World Heritage List. "The destruction of cultural property in times of war is often deliberate, as if to erase the memory of a people - digital archaeology has made the Arch of Palmyra a Peace Ambassador on a world tour", highlighted Simone Beck, President of the Luxembourg Commission for the Cooperation with UNESCO. The arch will be there until 29th February 2020.
Be a part of the project!
Would you like to submit a project to be on the official programme of Luxembourg's 25 years of World Heritage? If you are a non-profit association or a private individual, cultural institution or school, your participation and creativity are needed! You can submit your projects until 30th September 2020 on the website https://worldheritage.lu/ and have the opportunity of being included in the official programme of the Jubilee Year.