Kehlen

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Kehlen
Kielen
Commune
Kehlen chapel and church
Kehlen chapel and church
Coat of arms of Kehlen
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Kehlen highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Kehlen highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Luxembourg
Canton Capellen
Government
 • Mayor Aloyse Paulus
Area
 • Total 28.18 km2 (10.88 sq mi)
Area rank 23rd of 116
Highest elevation 389 m (1,276 ft)
 • Rank 70th of 116
Lowest elevation 242 m (794 ft)
 • Rank 56th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,887
 • Rank 24th of 116
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • Density rank 37th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00009006
Website kehlen.lu

Kehlen (Luxembourgish: Kielen) is a commune and town in western Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Capellen, which is part of the district of Luxembourg.

As of 2005, the town of Kehlen, which lies in the centre of the commune, has a population of 1,627. Other towns within the commune include Dondelange, Keispelt, Meispelt, Nospelt and Olm.

History[edit]

The history of Kehlen goes back at least to Gallo-Roman period. Celtic tombs have been excavated in nearby Nospelt and a necropolis from the 1st century was discovered in the early 1970s on the Juckelsboesch plateau between Mamer and Kehlen. A beautiful dark blue glass bowl was among the offerings found there.[1]

A monument to the four gods depicting Juno, Minerva, Mercury and Hercules, possibly once the base of a Jupiter Column, was discovered on the heights of Schoenberg at the point where two Roman roads once crossed.[2] The original is now in the National Museum of History and Art but a replica can be seen beside the entrance to the Schoenberg cemetery.[3]

Pedestal to the four gods, Kehlen

Schoenberg is one of the oldest parishes in Luxembourg. It came under the authority of the St. Maximin's Abbey, Trier, as far back as 1637. The cemetery is classified as a national monument as many of the gravestones are from the beginning of the 16th century.

Until fairly recently, Kehlen was a farming community with a few cottage industries. Today, owing to its proximity to Luxembourg City, most of its inhabitants now work in the service sector.[4]

The name Kehlen is said to originate from Callidovilla meaning the villa of Callidus.

Twin town[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Bol de verre côtelé from Luxembourg's National Museum of History and Art. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
  2. ^ G. Thill: Piédestal à quatre divinités de Schoenberg-Kehlen, Hemescht, XXIII, 1971, pp 203-205.
  3. ^ Mystic Luxembourg, Les Lieux. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  4. ^ Commune of Kehlen official site. Retrieved 25 November 2007.

Coordinates: 49°40′N 6°02′E / 49.667°N 6.033°E / 49.667; 6.033