Senningen

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Sennengen

Luxembourgish: Senneng
CountryLuxembourg
CommuneNiederanven
Population
(2018)[1]
 • Total623
Time zoneUTC+1 (GMT+1)
Postcode
L 6961

Senningen (Luxembourgish: Senneng), is a small town in the commune of Niederanven, in central Luxembourg. As of 2018, the town has a population of 623.[1]

History[edit]

The town developed following the late 17th century establishment by monks of a paper mill within the town powered by the fast flowing Senninger Brook.[2] Following a fire in 1750, Pierre Bourgeois, a French immigrant, ordered the facilities of the mill enlarged and the residential property on the site rebuilt in the classical style.[2] Output was increased under the ownership of Jacques Lamort throughout the early 1800's, with mechanisation improvements to the mill and the canalisation of the Senninger Brook. However, as a result of economic problems, the mill was finally closed in 1882.[2] The same year, the site was bought by Ernest Derveaux who demolished the mill and transformed the owner's residence into a revival-style castle, Senningen castle, (French: Le château de Senningen), which included neo-gothic wings, and a landscaped surrounding park with ornamental plants and tress and lake with a fountain.[2]

From 1940 to 1944, the Nazis used the castle as a convalescent home for artists during the occupation of Luxembourg.[2] In 1952, the Luxembourg army used it for one of its battalions until 1968. Since then, the site has acted as the seat of Luxembourg's National Communications centre, as well as a conference centre for use during State visits, with a press room and cabins for interpreters.[2] Additional renovation work was completed in 2004. The Luxembourg government used the site for European Council summits during its 1991 and 1997 presidencies of the Council of Ministers.[2]

On 24 May 2007, Senningen Castle hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker for an official visit.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Senningen is mainly populated by an ethnic Luxembourgish community and is home to Luxembourg's Armenian community who make up 15% of the population.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Facts and Figures | Commune Niederanven". www.niederanven.lu. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The castle of Senningen | Geschichtsfrënn vun der Gemeng Nidderaanwen". www.gfn.lu. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks..." Getty Images. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Luxembourgian Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as they arrive at Sennigen's Castle for an official visit in Luxembourg, 24 May 2007 in Senningen