Tag: Carolingians

Imperial Abbey of Kornelimünster

Abbey Church of Kornelimünster

To visit the otherwise very beautiful town of Kornelimünster on a very cold and windy day isn’t a very pleasant thing, but maybe it cannot be different as Aachen (to the district of which Kornelimünster belongs) and its area are notorious for their bad weather and in Aachen, (more…)

Echternach

Abbey garden and Orangery, Echternach

In 697/698, Irmina of Oeren donated her property in Echternach to the Anglo-Saxon missionary Willibrord. Echternach is the oldest city in Luxembourg.

Irmina was of a very influential noble family and, according to the legend, even a daughter of the last Merovingian King (more…)

Prüm

Abbey church, Prüm, font

One of the purposes of my blog is to show how on every corner, from every stone and every little settlement peeps out great history. One typical example is Prüm – today a nice and very calm little town, but an independent principality in the past, and earlier – extremely rich and powerful Carolingian Imperial Abbey that was an important authority factor in the surrounding аrea.

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Aachener Dom/Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral, Shrine of Charlemagne

When I think of Aachen, the first thing that always comes to my mind is the phrase „old capital city“. Еven before I’ve read something about it. Apparently, the collective unconscious has played its part in that case.

The interesting history here began a bit later than in Trier, namely, when Pepin the Short, king of the Franks and father of Charlemagne, (more…)