Neumünster Abbey

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Coordinates: 49°36′37″N 06°08′11″E / 49.61028°N 6.13639°E / 49.61028; 6.13639

Neumünster Abbey after restoration

Neumünster Abbey is a public meeting place and cultural centre, located in the Grund district of Luxembourg City in southern Luxembourg. After the original Benedictine Abbey on the Altmünster Plateau had been destroyed in 1542, the monks built a new abbey or Neumünster in 1606 in the Grund. This in turn was destroyed by fire in 1684 but was rebuilt on the same site in 1688 and extended in 1720. After the French revolution, it served as a police station and prison before becoming a barracks for the Prussians after Napoleon's defeat in 1815. From 1867, it once again became a state prison.[1] Since 1997, it has been the home of the European Institute of Cultural Routes. During World War II, the Nazis used the Abbey to imprison political resisters to their occupation of Luxembourg. Among the most notable of those political prisoners was Luxembourg's best-known sculptor Lucien Wercollier.

Following extensive renovation works, Neumünster was opened to the public in May 2004 as a meeting place and a cultural centre (www.ccrn.lu). It hosts concerts, exhibitions, and seminars. The Abbey is also now home to the Lucien Wercollier Cloister, where many works from the sculptor's private collection are permanently displayed.

Bulgaria and Romania signed their Treaty of Accession on April 25, 2005 at Neumünster.

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  1. ^ [1] Neumünster Abbey from the official Luxembourg Administration des Bâtiments Publics website. Retrieved 7 November 2007.