Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État

The southern side of the City of Luxembourg is often called the Gare district, reflecting the position of the railway station.  On my way back to the station to pick up my luggage I had left in storage there, I walked passed this beautifully curving building.

It is one of the number of buildings down this road towards the station occupied by the Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État.  Luxembourg is in Euroland so doesn’t have its own central bank, so I was a little confused by the presence of a state bank.  It turns out it is a savings bank which is wholly owned by the state.  Its name in Luxemburgish is “Spuerkeess” similar to the German word “Sparkasse”, a similar kind of financial institution in Germany.

I particularly like the way the space in front of building belonging to the Spuerkees further down the road has been decorated with modern art.

Directly opposite is a beautiful rose garden, which has been dedicated to the victims of the Nazis.

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