Clervaux

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Clervaux
Klierf
Commune
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Coat of arms of Clervaux
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Clervaux highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Clervaux highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Diekirch
Canton Clervaux
Government
 • Mayor Yves Arend
Area
 • Total 25.49 km2 (9.84 sq mi)
Area rank 32nd of 116
Highest elevation 521 m (1,709 ft)
 • Rank 15th of 116
Lowest elevation 322 m (1,056 ft)
 • Rank 113th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,908
 • Rank 61st of 116
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Density rank 74th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00001001
Website clervaux.lu

Clervaux (Luxembourgish: Klierf, German: Clerf) is a commune and town in northern Luxembourg, administrative capital of the canton of Clervaux.

The town's arms, granted in 1896, show three blackbirds on a gold ground in the chief of a red shield, as a variation of the arms of the former Lords of Clervaux.[1]

History[edit]

The city was the site of heavy fighting during World War II, in the December 1944 (Battle of Clervaux).

Population[edit]

As of 2005, the town of Clervaux, which lies in the north of the commune, has a population of 1,037. Other towns within the commune include Eselborn, Reuler, and Weicherdange.

Sights[edit]

The Family of Man, a famous exhibit of photos collected by Edward Steichen, is on permanent display in Clervaux Castle.

The castle also includes the Battle of the Bulge Museum, with an extensive collection of American, German and Luxembourgish artifacts from World War II, and an exhibition of models of the castles and palaces of Luxembourg. A U.S. Sherman tank that participated in the battle for Clervaux and a German 88 anti-aircraft/anti-tank artillery piece are on display in front of the castle.

The Saint-Maurice and Saint Maur Abbey is situated close to the town of Clervaux. Notable associations include Halldór Laxness, 1902–1998, the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic writer, who converted to Roman Catholicism while visiting the Abbey. A Roman Catholic mission to Scandinavia has for many years maintained a base at the Abbey.

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

http://www.tourisme-clervaux.lu/

Coordinates: 50°03′N 6°02′E / 50.050°N 6.033°E / 50.050; 6.033