7 out of 38 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe cross Luxembourg. One of them is the European Route of Industrial Heritage, certified almost a year and a half ago. An exhibition celebrating the collective cultural heritage of these routes, covering a wide range of topics, is now on display from September 17 to November 17 at Hall du Funiculaire, middle station, in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg.
The south of Luxembourg was once in the grip of heavy industry. For almost 150 years, from 1824 to 1964, miners dug for iron ore around the "Roches Rouges", the Red Rock, in Rumelange. In 1913 the Grand Duchy ranked among the ten most important producers of pig iron and iron ore worldwide, and until the 1970s the steel industry was still considered the economic powerhouse. The "Minett Tour" merges former mines and steelworks, converted industrial hubs and a wealth of history and nature into an exciting ERIH Regional Route.
The Luxembourg exhibition combines images and objects from the ERIH sites with impressions from the other Council of Europe routes traversing Luxembourg, including the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes, the Iter Vitis Route, the Fortified Towns of the Grande Region and the Liberation Route Europe. Together, they provide a colourful image of the country itself and also reflect Europe's cultural diversity.
This is precisely the purpose of the Cultural Routes programme. It aims to encourage discovery of Europe's rich cultural heritage along exciting themed routes, while at the same time representing the values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and mutual exchanges across borders.
Luxembourg exhibition on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
ERIH Regional Route "Minett Tour"