This was all the more galling given that, under the Spaniards and Austrians, the city's inhabitants received no compensation for all this: The government claimed that since the garrison's presence brought trade and business which benefited the city's merchants and artisans, it was only fair for citizens to contribute by lodging the troops. The justiciar, the aldermen, lawyers, members of the provincial council, and the nobility were exempt.
Abuses of power could not be prevented: Citizens tried to wriggle out of these obligations by deliberately not keeping all rooms in their house fit for habitation; the wealthier inhabitants were able to avoid taking in soldiers by paying their way out. Purpose-built military accommodation was built in Luxembourg from onwards, with the barracks of Piquet and Porte-Neuve, as well as some huts on the Rham and Saint-Esprit plateaux. In , the six barracks housed 7, troops, while the military hospital in Pfaffenthal had room for another men.
Even in Prussian times in the 19th century, most officers rented a room with their "servis", their accommodation allowance: By this point, under the Prussian garrison, most of the soldiers were only in Luxembourg for short periods in connection with their military service. Both groups suffered the same poor living conditions in the city, such as the lack of a clean water supply and of sanitation, leading to outbreaks of cholera and typhus.
The barracks were so cramped that often two soldiers had to share a bed; the officers, quartered in the houses of the upper classes, did not experience such problems. Among the inhabitants, there was similar stratification: Animals were indispensable in order to maintain and run a fortress, and to feed its garrison. Riding horses, draught horses and workhorses were required while cattle, sheep or other animals were needed for slaughter.
In , the ground floors of the Rham Barracks, the Maria Theresa Barracks, and the riding barracks were renovated for use as stables. Out of the five storage buildings for grain and flour which had been built by , the one in the upper town was used as a stable. Together, these had a capacity of horses. For this, they wanted to use the garden of an old monastery on the Saint-Esprit Plateau. By , an indoor riding arena in the lower yard of the plateau had been completed.
This had enough room to train a squadron, and in war time could be used as a livestock shed or as a fodder store. Apart from the riding horses of the cavalry detachment and officers, a large number of draught horses belonged to the artillery and military engineers for ensuring supplies. In case of emergency or when large-scale transport was necessary, contracts were signed with private haulage companies.
Just the mill in the Cavalier Camus, which made enough flour daily for 1, portions of bread, required 24 horses to operate. In , Luxembourg had eight horse guns with 38 horses.
There was also a need for additional horses to transport the ammunition, as well as for riding and as reserves. Storage space for the animals' fodder had to be found. Oats were stored in the remaining churches after Straw posed a problem, due to the danger of its catching fire. It was to be stored either in the trenches of the Front of the plain, in Pfaffenthal, or in the lower quarters of the Grund and Clausen.
Animals could also be a source of income for the military: Due to lax supervision of grazing, however, by , some of the folds were no longer recognisable as such. Parts of the fortress were not destroyed, but simply rendered unfit for military use. Many old walls and towers still survive, and still heavily influence the view of the city.
Fort Lambert, on the Front facing the plain, was covered over with earth after On this site, the Avenue Monterey was built. In , construction work on an underground car park under the Avenue Monterey uncovered part of the Fort — one of its redoubts — which can now be seen by the public. Many street and building names in the city still serve as a reminder of the city's former military function, the defensive works, and of the foreign troops and administrators in Luxembourg:.
A local version of a legend of Saint Nicholas D'Seeche vum Zinniklos refers to the danger of being shut outside the fortress gates for the night.
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Three boys were playing outside, and were far away from the city when the curfew was sounded: They sought refuge with a butcher who lived outside the city. At night-time, however, the butcher killed them to turn them into aspic. Luckily, a few days later, Saint Nicholas also found himself shut out of the city, and went to the same butcher's house.
He found the children, and was able to bring them back to life.
Jean Racine , the famous French dramatist, was in Luxembourg in as the historiographer of Louis XIV and inspector of the fortress. There are several elaborate maps and views of the fortress made before In , Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg published the oldest known view of Luxembourg City, a copper engraving that appeared in Civitates orbis terrarum Cologne, Half a century later, the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu , drawing on Braun's work, published his "Luxemburgum" in the second volume of his Stedeboek Amsterdam, Van der Meulen provides another view of Luxembourg from Limpertsberg where he depicts French troops taking the city in In more modern times, the British Romantic landscape artist J.
Turner painted several scenes of the fortress, both paintings and sketches, after visiting in and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the city in , and left a number of sketches of the fortress. Christoph Wilhelm Selig, a member of the Hessian garrison , painted several watercolours. View of Luxembourg from the Fetschenhof From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Less commonly, Sveaborg is known by the same epithet.
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