Bertrange

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Bertrange
Bartreng
Commune
Bertrange centre.jpg
Coat of arms of Bertrange
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Bertrange highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Bertrange highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Luxembourg
Canton Luxembourg
Government
 • Mayor Frank Colabianchi
Area
 • Total 17.39 km2 (6.71 sq mi)
Area rank 71st of 116
Highest elevation 352 m (1,155 ft)
 • Rank 96th of 116
Lowest elevation 277 m (909 ft)
 • Rank 87th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 6,383
 • Rank 17th of 116
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
 • Density rank 20th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00011002
Website bertrange.lu

Bertrange (Luxembourgish: Bartreng, German: Bartringen) is a commune and town in south-western Luxembourg. It is located 6.5 km west of Luxembourg City.

As of 2006, the town of Bertrange, which lies in the north-east of the commune, has a population of 6,021 of which just over half are Luxemburgers. Over 60 different nationalities live in the commune.

To the north of the town of Bertrange, on the other side of the route d'Arlon, is the village of Tossenberg, next to which is Luxembourg's largest shopping centre, La Belle Etoile.

History[edit]

The Treveri, a Gallic tribe, inhabited the region for several hundred years until they were conquered by Julius Caesar in 54 BC. During the Gallo-Roman era which lasted until about 450, the Romans built a number of roads in the area including the Kiem (Latin caminus, road) linking Trier to Reims. It passed through Strassen (Strata) to what is now Bertrange at Tossenberg where there was a refreshment post for travellers and continued to nearby Mamer (Mambra), a Roman vicus, and Arlon (Orolauneum). Another road connected Tossenberg to Titelberg near Rodange. Evidence of Gallo-Roman and indeed Treveri inhabitants in Bertrange was found during excavations starting 1997.[1]

There was probably a feudal castle in Bertrange as its lords are mentioned in documents establishing the freedom of Echternach in 1226 and of Luxembourg in 1243.[2]

Politics[edit]

Like nearby Luxembourg City, Bertrange is one of the strongest communes for the Democratic Party (DP), with 47% of the vote cast in the 2005 communal elections being for the DP.[3] In the communal council, the DP rules outright, with six of the eleven councillors. The mayor is consequently the DP candidate, Frank Colabianchi, who heads an administration also consisting of two échevins.[4]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Jean Krier, Grandes découvertes à Bertrange-Bourmicht, National Museum of History and Art, Musée Info [13], 2000, 1-2, 6-9.
  2. ^ Monuments historiques from Commune de Bertrange official site. Retrieved 28 November 2007. Archived November 18, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ (French) "Vie sociale". Statec. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  4. ^ (French) "Conseil communal". Commune of Bertrange. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 

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Coordinates: 49°37′N 6°03′E / 49.617°N 6.050°E / 49.617; 6.050