Sub umbra alarum. Luxembourg, fortress of the Habsburgs, 1716-1741
The exhibition Sub umbra alarum. Luxembourg, fortress of the Habsburgs, 1716-1741 explores the extension of Luxembourg’s fortifications under the new Austrian regime, including the construction of Fort Thüngen in 1732. Imperial troops and their families settled in the Duchy of Luxembourg and left a permanent mark on local society.
The show documents the lives of the people behind the ramparts – Emperor Charles VI in Vienna, his sister, the Governor General of the Netherlands Maria Elisabeth in Brussels, the commander Wilhelm Reinhard von Neipperg and the engineer Simon de Bauffe –, shedding light on a period marked by three European wars of succession during which the fortress played a key role.