"Slopy hills with vineyards and lovely old towns" District de Grevenmacher by nighthawk

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The name of Grevenmacher is composed of two words: "Greven" and "Macher". "Macher" pulls his origin of the Latin word "maceria" (old walls), while "Greven" comes from German word "Grafen", that wants to say count. The city "Macher" count distinguishes himself since 1346 of the others "Machern", that existed in the region: Königsmacher, Kleinmacher, Rodemacher, Mecher, Mézières etc. The name of Grevenmacher in his current form exists since 1769.

The valley of the Moselle, that has his wealth to the fact that she is situated to proximity of water and that she has access to fertile earths, was colonized a long time before the roman era. In regards to Grevenmacher, a first primitive town was located behind the Holy Chapel Cross to the place says "Buerggruef" no far of the roman way taking to Luxembourg.

Some centuries later, the Luxembourg counts choose a defense place sure in order to protect their grounds against the powerful archbishops of Truces. They pulled together at Grevenmacher, this time in the valley, to the crossroads of the principal roads taking Luxembourg to Truces and of Truces to Thionville. This is where was developped, probably under the orders of the count Henri V, a powerful fortress not having to be dismantled that in 1688. This is in 1252 that this same count, has that one had given the nickname "Henri the Blondel" and that was a son of the influential comtesse Ermesinde, remit the frankness letter to the city of Grevenmacher.

The locality by the Moselle often was destroyed and extorted during the course of the centuries. Today the small city is a district administrative center and of district as well as a commercial modern center. Oriented towards the future, the métropole of the Moselle remembers nevertheless with pride her past rich in historic events. She invites you to discover the traces of this past while taking a walk on the cultural path established in the old fortification.

  • Last visit to District de Grevenmacher: May 2002
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2003
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