While the casemates are impressive, they're public. Everyone knows about them. It's one of the places you have to take friends and family when they come to visit. So, for me, they've lost a little of their impressiveness (and I have to admit I lost some of my enthusiasm for them when I learned they were closed for the winter because they provide a safe place to hibernate for thousands of bats. Ick. Bats. You know how I feel about bats.)
So while I acknowledge that the casemates are pretty amazing, they pale in comparison to a few other gems I stumbled upon in my exploration of the city.
Like these houses in the Petrusse Valley:
What I wouldn't give to take a peek inside these houses. Did the architect leave the rock exposed or conceal it behind a wall? Doesn't it feel like a cave with an entire windowless wall? Who lives there??
And then there's this chapel. St. Quirin, also in the Petrusse Valley. It too is built right into the rock. I've never gone inside this one but I definitely will someday.
|Photo from : http://www.building.am|
And if you don't feel like building into the rock, how about perching precariously atop it?
This house looks to me like it should be perched atop a giant sea cliff with enormous waves crashing below it. But, no, it just overlooks an ordinary street. Ordinary for Luxembourg, that is...