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Cercle Cité

Closed for renovation in 2005, the Cercle has undergone a facelift and reopened in 2011, under the name “Cercle Cité”, to resume its lifelong role: a prestigious meeting place in the heart of the city, but above all an open place that welcomes associations, artists, residents and visitors to the city. The architectural design of the complex is both innovative and welcoming, playing on the contrast between the historic and monumental architecture of the Cercle on the one hand, and the modern aspect of the City on the other.

30/05/1830

Laying of the foundation stone for the “Cercle Littéraire” (Literary Circle)

12/09/1909

The Cercle becomes the "Municipal Palace" (Stadthaus)

25/07/1942

Solemn opening "Kreistag"

10/09/1944

Patriotic speech of Prince Félix from the balcony of the Cercle

03/12/1949

Red Cross Charity Bazaar

11/12/1951

“Human Rights” exhibition

1953-1969

The Cercle becomes the new headquarters of the ECSC

23/10/1958

Official opening of the “Ciné Cité”

08/12/1976

State visit of Queen Elisabeth II

11/02/1985

Visit of the Israeli President Chaim Herzog and his wife

14/11/1989

25th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Grand Duke Jean

15/01/1992

Visit of the French President François Mitterrand and his wife

07/10/2000

Accession to the throne of HRH the Grand Duke Henri

2005-2010

Closing of the Cercle for works

11/12/2009

Opening of the Cité socio-cultural center

30/04/2011

Inauguration of the Cercle Cité as a whole

17/04/2020

Temporary relocation of the Chamber of Deputies to the Cercle Cité, in the frame of the Coronavirus pandemic

The "Cercle"

Like few other buildings in Luxembourg, the Cercle is a powerful witness of the historical, urban and social development of the City of Luxembourg since the beginning of the 20th century. Built between 1904 and 1909, it is the symbol of municipality - a place of celebration and commemoration, of ceremony and collection, of work and reflection. The Cercle is not only the privileged theatre of the societal life of the capital, but it is also a place of remembrance for national and European history.

The Cercle was a direct witness to the dark times under the Nazi Occupation, but it was also the place where the Liberation was celebrated in 1944 and where Luxembourgers who returned to their homeland were welcomed. In the 1950s the fate of the Cercle was closely linked to that of the “High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community”, the ancestor of the European Union, whose court sat at the Cercle. At the same time the premises hosted municipal services as well as the "Syndicat d’initiative et de Tourisme".

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