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Luxembourg City (Stad Lëtzebuerg) is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - the 7th smallest sovereign state in Europe - situated between Belgium, Germany and France. And it is the world's only remaining Grand Duchy.

Its central location made it a great strategic importance to numerous powers, dating back to its founding as a Roman fortress, its hosting of a vital Frankish castle during the early Middle Ages, and its role as a bastion for the Spanish Road in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The city itself occupies a picturesque site on a salient, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the 70 meters (230 feet) deep and narrow valleys of Alzette and Pétrusse, the two meandering rivers that confluence in Luxembourg City.

Although the city is not particularly large, its layout is complex, as it is set on several levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two gorges. My photo show the view over the Pétrusse valley toward the bridge Passarelle, also known as the Luxembourg Viaduct or the Old Bridge (Al Bréck), built 1859 to 1861.

Three languages are recognized as official in Luxembourg: French, German, and Luxembourgish.

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