I loved visiting Luxembourg, and was drawn to the beautiful Neumünster Abbey built in 1688 and the surrounding terraced gardens. When I walked on the bridge to capture some photos, I saw these love padlocks.
I don’t know Iris and Julian, but I hope they are still in love. If I was able to visit again, I might get a lock engraved with the words, Peace and Love, and put it on the bridge. I think we are all in need of some of that. ❤️
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After the French Revolution, the Abbey was used as a police station and prison and then became a barracks for the Prussians after the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. In 1867, it went back to being a state prison, and during WWII, the Nazis used the Abbey to imprison residents who resisted their occupation of Luxembourg.
In 1997, it became the home of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, and after major updates, it opened in 2004 as a meeting place and cultural center for concerts, exhibitions, and seminars.