Madame Audrey AZOULAY
Directrice Générale de l’UNESCO
7, Place de Fontenoy
Concerne : Luxembourg
Lady the Director General,
You are aware that in 1994, the old districts and the fortifications of the City of Luxembourg were inscribed on the list of world heritage of your high institution.
However, before and after this inscription 25 years ago, local and national political leaders, in concert with those skilled in the art and real estate investors, continually destroy the cultural and historical heritage of this remarkable City, if not fantastic and unique.
Also, local UNESCO officials are almost inactive when it comes to safeguarding the heritage of the capital of the Grand Duchy. One has the clear impression that the solemn celebration of the 25th anniversary of the aforesaid inscription was carried out by the persons in charge with the main aim of putting themselves in scene, whereas it was their duty to pronounce publicly a sincere mea culpa and promise a future significant improvement in the protection of the building heritage.
In this vein, I allowed myself to write a public text, partially based on articles published in the press under my name, a text retracing in a way the most obvious and visible destruction of the cultural heritage carried out since half of the 80s of the last century on the territory of Luxembourg Ville.
I would ask you to intervene with local and national officials in order to see the final destruction of the free destruction, especially of the historic heritage of the capital of the Grand Duchy.
Please accept, Madam Director General, the expression of my very distinguished feelings.
Honorary Councilor of Government
25 years of world heritage and not a bit wise
Destruction of the architectural heritage not by foreign armies, but by planners, politicians, experts and real estate sharks.
For the first time in 1988, PETER M. BODE denounced in the renowned magazine art (No. 6) the grossly negligent approach of the political decision-makers of the city and state, which up to now has been dealing with urban renewal in the city grounds in the “laisser-faire, laisser-aller” exercised. The title of his article was: “The old city center of Luxembourg is being refurbished – cleaned houses and a lot of pseudo-antiquity”.
In fact, while LEON NILLES (1928 – 2016) refurbished the cradle of the capital with its noble refurbishment, “Fëschmaart” earned a golden nose by establishing an upscale gastronomy and nightlife district, the secret mayor and king of the city grounds , GEORGES LENTZ, in the sights of BODE’s criticism.
“Luxembourg’s oldest part is the ‘Grund’, a quaintly winding neighborhood with mostly narrow-breasted houses from the 17th and 18th centuries and early industrial relics that nestle beneath the city’s towering bastions in the large loop of the Alzette river. Numerous mills once worked here, and tanners, brewers and other businesses (including D.M.’s horizontal note) were at home. However, when two neighboring monasteries were basically converted into prisons in 1804 and 1844, the district gradually fell socially.
With the massive influx of guest workers – predominantly Portuguese – in the 1960s ”of the previous“ century, the reason became a ghetto ”. The exodus of the better-off locals “made some property owners happy, as they could cram up to 60 foreigners per house and collect horrendous rents. The perverse thing: Just because such exploitation was so extremely profitable, the overcrowded reason is not as planned at the time – cleared, but left to its lucrative decay. Luxembourg’s preservationists must therefore still be grateful to the landlords who have got the most out of the houses; otherwise there would have been nothing left of the historical building structure ”.
The author BODE then goes into the dark machinations of the joint-stock company “Vieux Luxembourg” and is angry about the first major renovation sin in the “Grund”, caused by the stupid conversion and expansion of the LENTZ REAL ESTATE “glove factory”. Further collateral damage to the Nobel Restoration was: the poor population was deliberately replaced by a wealthy population.
“The pub scene in the valley has now blossomed again, and Luxembourg’s chic is coming down noisily at night. LENTZ (…) and his rich friends have set up a British-style men’s club for bankers, industrialists and business people in two noble, well-to-do houses on the beautiful stone arch bridge over Alzette: Where eight families previously relocated lived, they now live the exclusive ‘Cercle Münster’ with cocktail bar, restaurant and intimate reception rooms ”.
In front of the eyes of the director of the monument protection office, GEORGES CALTEUX, who was too busy with the construction of the Potemkin village in Christnach, picturesque town of the municipality of Waldbillig, the pot-ugly concrete colossus of the CHASE MANHATTEN BANK in the small-scale urban area on a former site of the The LENTZ family owned brewery. The building in which RUE PLATIS was located was a bit higher than allowed and called the ‘Residents’ Committee’ on the map. The publicly justified displeasure of the basic residents made the then culture minister ROBERT KRIEPS (LSAP) so angry that he immediately put the houses in the city grounds that were still threatened with demolition under a preservation order. In 1990 he had all houses on the left bank of the Alzette protected.
The cherry on the cake, however, later forms the implantation of the non-district state cultural cathedral “CENTER CULTUREL DE RENCONTRE ABBAYE DE NEUMÜNSTER”, which regularly attracts crowds of visitors for public and private events, including those of superlatives, and to the detriment of the local population. The star restaurant MOSKONI, the exquisite CERCLE MÜNSTER and the cultural juggernaut ABBAYE NEUMÜNSTER regularly attract so many motorists that the city officials felt compelled a few years ago to create the allotments on RUE ST. QUIRIN, which was cultivated in particular by the Portuguese population of the urban area, in order to then create a parking space here, in the immediate vicinity of the SAINT QUIRIN CHAPEL, which was listed in 1963.
But not only the city grounds were haunted by the conservationists and self-proclaimed monument popes, but also other districts. One of the largest structural ver