Here is the Church of St. Foillan – the only German church, dedicated to this saint and first Aachen parish church, intended for the common people of the imperial city, while the nobility attended the masses at the cathedral built by Charlemagne. (more…)
Although I couldn’t take any photographs of the Church of St. Hubert in Amel (see: St. Lambertus Pfarrkirche, Manderfeld) (the first time, the floor was cleaned and wet and I couldn’t go inside, and the second time, it was closed), I managed to visit the Church of St. Eligius in Büllingen, in order to finish my series of churches built in the place of former Frankish palaces. (more…)
Although Bertrada Castle (named after Bertrada of Laon, German: Bertrada von Mürlenbach. See: Prüm) was mentioned for the first time in 1331, in Roman times, there was presumably a Roman castel and in the 8th century – a Carolingian castle, at the place. Bertrada Castle in Mürlenbach is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne (see (more…)
Manderfeld was first mentioned in AD 854 in connection with a deed of donation sealed by Emperor Lothar I himself in his palace/Pfalz in Manderfeld demolished by the Normans in AD 882. There were actually 5 Frankish palaces in the area – of Manderfeld, of Thommen, Neundorf, Büllingen, and Amel. (more…)
In the 8th century, there was a Königspfalz/royal palace in Düren in the place where today St. Anne’s Church stands. Düren is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne. (more…)
On the track of the former pagan places of worship
Another village church, another site with interesting history. Neundorf was first mentioned in AD 888 as Nova Villa – a Frankish Königshof (royal palace). The church was first mentioned in 1130 and its tower is still preserved from that time. (more…)
Thommen’s forgotten history…
Thommen is a settlement with a very long history, mentioned for the first time in a document from AD 814 as Tumbas, indicating the tumuli nearby. There is historical evidence that it has been existed as early as the 4th century, therefore this is one of the oldest settlements in (more…)
Little France on the Meuse River, the Fervent City, Little Palermo, the City of Charlemagne and George Simenon – this is part of the epithets of Liège, my favorite Belgian city. Of course, there are so many beautiful Belgian cities, but, you know, it is all about the atmosphere and the spirit that they are carrying.
Liège, or more precisely, the nearby Herstal is also one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne, (more…)
The Aachen City Hall was built in the 14th century (in 1349) by the Aachen citizenry on the foundation walls of the former Aula Regia in the Königspfalz/the Aachen Palace where the coronation feast/Krönungsmahl as part of the coronation ceremony of the Holy Roman Emperor took place.
Since Aachen was the center of the Holy Roman Empire and was built as a ‘Roma secunda’, the Aachen Cathedral Treasury is the biggest and most important church treasury north of the Alps. It contains Roman works, as well as works from the Carolingian, Ottonian, Staufen, and Gothic times.