Saint Michael's Church

Luxemburg, Luxembourg

Saint Michael's Church is the oldest extant religious site in Luxembourg City. The first church was built on the site in 987 as the castle chapel for the Count of Luxembourg. However, over the following centuries, the building was destroyed, rebuilt, and renovated several times. Its current appearance dates to 1688, and unites Romanesque and Baroque architectural styles, pre-dating the national Moselle Baroque style. The building has been restored since then, preserving its original form.

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Founded: 1688
Category: Religious sites in Luxembourg

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Eugen Safin (10 months ago)
Very beautiful church!
Janka Dolezal (13 months ago)
Very nice beautiful church from outside and inside.
Léo Etlesbas (14 months ago)
Lovely church!
Ermanno DI MICELI (18 months ago)
Always a nice place if you want to have a quiet réflexion. Also, good to know: Italian celebration on Sunday at 11 AM
Aditya Sarkar (2 years ago)
This is probably the coolest church in Luxembourg. The church is very old and has amazing stain-glass windows. It's also got lots of cool relics and monuments, and it very beautiful inside. You can definitely spend a bit of time just looking around at everything inside.
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