Kehlen (Luxembourgish: Kielen [ˈkiələn]) is a commune and town in western Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Capellen. As of the February 1, 2011 census, the commune had a population of 5,048.

Kehlen chapel and church
Kehlen chapel and church
Coat of arms of Kehlen
Map of Luxembourg with Kehlen highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Kehlen highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Coordinates: 49°40′00″N 6°02′00″E / 49.6667°N 6.0333°E / 49.6667; 6.0333
Country Luxembourg
 • Total28.18 km2 (10.88 sq mi)
 • Rank29th of 102
Highest elevation
389 m (1,276 ft)
 • Rank62nd of 102
Lowest elevation
242 m (794 ft)
 • Rank51st of 102
 • Total6,056
 • Rank24th of 102
 • Density210/km2 (560/sq mi)
  • Rank34th of 102
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
LAU 2LU0000105

As of 2005, the town of Kehlen, which lies in the centre of the commune, has a population of 1,627. Other towns within the commune include Dondelange, Keispelt, Meispelt, Nospelt and Olm.

History Edit

The history of Kehlen goes back at least to Gallo-Roman period. Celtic tombs have been excavated in nearby Nospelt and a necropolis from the 1st century was discovered in the early 1970s on the Juckelsboesch plateau between Mamer and Kehlen. A beautiful dark blue glass bowl was among the offerings found there.[1]

Pedestal to the four gods, Kehlen

A monument to the four gods depicting Juno, Minerva, Mercury and Hercules, possibly once the base of a Jupiter Column, was discovered on the heights of Schoenberg at the point where two Roman roads once crossed.[2] The original is now in the National Museum of History and Art but a replica can be seen beside the entrance to the Schoenberg cemetery.[3]

Schoenberg is one of the oldest parishes in Luxembourg. It came under the authority of the St. Maximin's Abbey, Trier, as far back as 1637. The cemetery is classified as a national monument as many of the gravestones are from the beginning of the 16th century.

Until fairly recently, Kehlen was a farming community with a few cottage industries. Today, owing to its proximity to Luxembourg City (about 25 minutes by car outside the city), most of its inhabitants now work in the service sector.[4]

The name Kehlen is said to originate from Callidovilla meaning the villa of Callidus.

Population Edit


Twin towns — sister cities Edit

Kehlen is twinned with:[6]

References Edit

  1. ^ Bol de verre côtelé from Luxembourg's National Museum of History and Art Archived 2004-11-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
  2. ^ G. Thill: Piédestal à quatre divinités de Schoenberg-Kehlen, Hemescht, XXIII, 1971, pp 203-205.
  3. ^ Mystic Luxembourg, Les Lieux Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  4. ^ Commune of Kehlen official site[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Population par canton et commune". Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  6. ^ "25 Jahre Partnerschaft mit Meckenbeuren" (PDF). (in German). Kehlen. p. 15. Retrieved 2019-09-08.

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