Mentioned for the first time in AD 585 as Villa Belsonancum, a Frankish domain of the Merovingian King Childebert II, Basbellain is one of the oldest settlements in Luxembourg. Bellain, or Besslingen is the oldest (more…)
There is a legend from the beginning of the 12th century, according to which the city of Trier was founded by Trebeta, the son of the Assyrian King Ninus, who later married Semiramis. When Ninus died, Trebeta was banished by his step-mother Semiramis and went to Europe, where he founded the city of Trier around 2000 B.C. (more…)
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…)
As Diekirch was first mentioned in a document as late as the year 1182, there are only assumptions about its history between the 4th and 12th century. What is known is that the settlement had arisen due to (more…)
I’ve already written about the double monastery of Stavelot and Malmedy (in the publication about Malmedy that has to be read first since the two settlements are bound together and share a common origin history), built in 648, which makes them ones of the oldest settlements on Belgian territory.
In 2018, Malmedy is going to celebrate 1370 years of its foundation, which began in 648 with the building of a Benedictine monastery. In fact, of a double-monastery – that of Malmunderio/Malmedy and Stabelaco/Stavelot. The Frankish King Sigebert III, ruler of Austrasia and next to the last Merovingian king, granted part of his property in the Ardennes to the Aquitanian Abbot Remacle with the commission to build a monastery in the heart of the forest.