Journey to the Middle Ages
Mont Saint-Jean (in German: Johannisberg) I Dudelange
Even though the history of the towns and villages in the south of Luxembourg is dominated by iron ore mining, the story of some of the castles dates back to the 17th century, and that of the settlement and castle at Mont Saint-Jean as far back as the Middle Ages. In the 15th century, Mont Saint-Jean was initially the site of a ‘commandery‘, that is to say a branch of the Order of St John. A church and a castle were built but they were destroyed by invaders at the end of the 16th century. The ruins were later used as a source of building stone for the villages in the surrounding area. The Amis de l’histoire et du Mont Saint-Jean (Friends of History and Mont Saint-Jean) eventually unearthed the foundations of various buildings, wells and a cistern from the former settlement and made this once religious site accessible to the public. Admission is free.
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