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Grand Ducal Palace
tourist attraction in luxembourg, tourist attraction luxembourg" The Grand-Ducal Palace, in the historic centre of the city of Luxembourg, and is the official residence of the Grand Duke. Although the grand-ducal families actually reside at Berg Castle, the Grand-Ducal Palace is the seat of the Court and is where the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess spend their working day. It is also the venue for state ceremonies and official receptions. The Grand-Ducal Palace tourist attraction luxembourg is right in the heart of the old town, and is surprisingly modest, identifiable more by the fact that there are sentry boxes
outside. The building features ochre yellow stone decorated with spires and r ailings, overlooking a paved pedestrian square. It was originally the site of a medieval town hall that was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1554, and rebuilt 20 years later. An annex to the building was built in 1859 and is the seat of the Chamber of Deputies. The Grand Ducal Palace was constructed between 1572 and 1574 as a town hall in the Spanish Renaissance style. It went on to become the Prefecture and the seat of government before being converted in 1890 into a Grand Ducal Palace by the State Architect Charles Arendt and by Brussels architect Bordian. It is a cathedral since 1870. Important are the stained-glass windows, the altar with Mary statue, some chapels and frescoes. King John the Blind was buried here. The Grand Ducal Crypt is there finished in 1938, where some members of the family are buried. Next to the cathedral is a statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896-1985).

As the official residence of the Grand Duke, the palace is used by him in the exercise of his official functions. He and the Grand Duchess, together with their staff, have their offices at the palace, and the state rooms on the first floor are used for a variety of meetings and audiences. On Christmas Eve, the Grand Duke's Christmas message is broadcast from the Yellow Room.

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