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Half a day in Thionville

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 3 months ago

The train journey between Metz and Thionville only took twenty minutes. The city has about 40.000 inhabitants. The train station of Thionville was a few hundred meters from the center. I crossed the bridge of the Allies on the Moselle River and soon I arrived to the City Hall. In front there was a bust dedicated to Robert Schuman, considered one of the "fathers" of the European Community, who had served as deputy in the department of Moselle. He was the Minister of Finance, Justice and Home Affairs during the Fourth French Republic. That city hall was formerly a convent. Just in that square I noticed a belfry, called La Tour zu Puces, converted into a museum that I visited. The museum was interesting; was about the history of Thionville , which origins date back to the year 805, when it was founded by Charlemagne who, according to legend, would had spent one night in that tower . When I left the museum, the friendly woman in charge advised me to visit the fort built on the orders of the Emperor Charles V, and thanks to the fortifications it withstood a siege commanded by the French in 1639. The Spanish soldiers captured Lieutenant General Manasses de Pas de Feuquières, who was wounded, dying a few months later. When I located the Tourist Office I went in to gather information. The lady in charge informed me that Emperor Carlos V had slept in the town. He gave me a map and I painted an arrow showing me the place . The place where he spent the night was called COUR DU MERSCH. I found the place, but presently there is a Mexican restaurant on its premises. After that visit I returned to the train station and boarded a train to the city of Luxembourg.


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