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Mamer

Mamer
Mamer Castle, now the town hall
Mamer Castle, now the town hall
Coat of arms of Mamer
Coat of arms
Map showing, in orange, the  Mamer commune
Map showing, in orange, the Mamer commune
Country  Luxembourg
Canton Capellen
Commune Mamer
Area
 • Total 27.5 km2 (10.6 sq mi)
Highest elevation
353 m (1,158 ft)
Lowest elevation
263 m (863 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 8,695
 • Density 316.2/km2 (818.9/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
LAU2 LU00009009
Website Official website

Mamer is a commune and small town in the Capellen canton, south-western Luxembourg. It is at 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Luxembourg City.

History

The Treveri, a Gallic or Celtic tribe, inhabited the region for several hundred years until they were conquered by Julius Caesar in 54 BC. A Celtic necropolis from the 1st century was discovered in the early 1970s on the Juckelsboesch plateau between Mamer and Kehlen.

During the Gallo-Roman era which lasted until about 450, the Romans built and maintained a number of roads in the area including the Kiem (Latin caminus, road) linking Trier to Reims through what is now Mamer. Mambra was a small Roman settlement on the banks of the Mamer river at the eastern end of today's Mamer. The Roman settlement was burnt by Germanic invaders around 276.

The road linking Luxembourg City to Brussels, passing through Mamer, was built in 1790. In 1859, the railway to Brussels was opened, with a station in Mamer.

Geography

Mamer is in the south-west of the country, on the Mamer river, a tributary of the Alzette river.

The commune has an area of 27.5 km2 (10.6 sq mi). The altitude is 263–353 m (863–1,158 ft) high. At the church, the altitude is 297 m (974 ft) high; the highest point in the commune is Juckelbösch that is 353 m (1,158 ft).

Mamer is surrounded by seven communes of Luxembourg: Koerich and Kehlen to the north, Strassen to the east, Bertrange to the southeast, Dippach to the southwest, Garnich to the west and Steinfort to the northwest. The communes Strassen and Bertrange are part of the Luxembourg canton but the rest are part of the Capellen canton.

Population

As of 1 January  2016 (2016 -01-01), there are 8,695 persons living in the commune, for a population density of 316.2 inhabitants/km².

Other towns, besides the town of Mamer, within the commune are Capellen and Holzem.

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