Troisvierges

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Troisvierges
Ëlwen
Commune
Binsfeld street
Binsfeld street
Coat of arms of Troisvierges
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Troisvierges highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Troisvierges highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Diekirch
Canton Clervaux
Government
 • Mayor Édouard Mertens
Area
 • Total 37.86 km2 (14.62 sq mi)
Area rank 10th of 116
Highest elevation 560 m (1,840 ft)
 • Rank 1st of 116
Lowest elevation 407 m (1,335 ft)
 • Rank 116th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,842
 • Rank 44th of 116
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Density rank 72nd of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00001006
Website troisvierges.lu
Troisvierges, townhall

Troisvierges (Luxembourgish: Ëlwen, German: Ulflingen) is a commune and town in northern Luxembourg, in the canton of Clervaux. The two highest hills in Luxembourg, the Kneiff (560 m) and Buurgplaatz (559 m), are located in the commune.

As of 2005, the town of Troisvierges, which lies in the south of the commune, has a population of 1,365. Other towns within the commune include Basbellain, Drinklange, Hautbellain, Huldange, and Wilwerdange.

Until 28 December 1908, the commune was known as 'Basbellain,' after its former administrative centre. On that date, the administrative centre was moved from Basbellain to Troisvierges.[1]

St Andrew's church, Troisvierges
Interior of St Andrew's church, Troisvierges
Altar of the Three Virgins, St Andrew's church, Troisvierges

Troisvierges is known for being the site of the start of hostilities on the Western Front in the First World War. On 1 August 1914, German soldiers of the 69th Infantry Regiment disembarked at the town's railway station, violating the terms of Germany's use of the railways and hence violating Luxembourg's neutrality. This began a four-year occupation of Luxembourg by German forces.[2]

The shield of arms granted to Troisvierges in 1982 shows three virgins, representng Faith, Hope and Charity; a mountain, for the Oesling region; a stylised papal cross from the oldest known document naming the place; and a railway and wheel, for the importance of the railway in the town's development.[3]

The first known reference to the place was made in 1353 under its German name Ulflingen. The French name Troisvierges was adopted in the 17th century when Walloon pilgrims started using it to refer to the three virgins Saint Fides, Saint Spes and Saint Caritas. The Franciscan church of Troisvierges was built in 1658. By 1900 most of the local population were railway and customs employees. There were some 1550 inhabitants in 1910. More recently the old farming population has almost entirely disappeared, and now many of the population are from Portugal or Belgium.[4]

Twin town[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mémorial A, 1908, No. 77" (PDF) (in French). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  2. ^ Tuchman, Barbara, The Guns of August. (Macmillan, New York: 1962) 82
  3. ^ Heraldry of the World[1]
  4. ^ Bievre Commune of Europe[2]

Coordinates: 50°07′N 6°00′E / 50.117°N 6.000°E / 50.117; 6.000