Place Guillaume II

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Place Guillaume II, popularly known as Knuedler, with the town hall (Hôtel de Ville)

The Place Guillaume II is a central square of the city Luxembourg . It is named after Wilhelm II , King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg .

The church and monastery of the Franciscan order had stood on Wilhelmsplatz since the middle of the 13th century . After the knot of the belt of the monks, in lëtzebuergesch "de Knued", the place is popularly called "Knuedler".

In 1797 the monastery with all its facilities was confiscated by the French and sold piece by piece. In the decades that followed, the entire complex was demolished and the square rebuilt. Today, in addition to the weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, numerous other markets (for example, the Oktavmärtche during the Mother of God Octave), open-air concerts (Knuedler goes Classic or Rock um Knuedler ) and festivals take place on Wilhelmsplatz .

The City Hall of Luxembourg City and the equestrian statue of William II are located on Place Guillaume II . It is connected to Place d'Armes via passages .

The City Hall of Luxembourg City

The town hall ("Hotel de Ville") on the Knuedler was built between 1830 and 1838 in the neo-classical style.

Most of the town hall consists of stones from the old Franciscan monastery, which was destroyed in 1829. In 1931 two bronze lions were placed on either side of the outer staircase.

In the town hall is now part of the city administration and the seat of the city council of lay judges (city council).

The equestrian statue of Wilhelm II (Guillaume II)

Equestrian statue of Wilhelm II

The bronze equestrian statue on the Place Guillaume II was erected in honor of King and Grand Duke Wilhelm II of Orange-Nassau . He ruled from 1840 to 1849 and, a year before his death, gave the Grand Duchy its first parliamentary constitution , at the time one of the most liberal in Europe.

The base of the monument shows the coats of arms of the House of Orange-Nassau and Luxembourg as well as the twelve cantons of the Grand Duchy. An exact copy of the monument was placed in The Hague .

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Coordinates: 49 ° 36 '38.5 "  N , 6 ° 7' 49.7"  E