A castle and a church – these are the two main buildings that usually shape the appearance of one Belgian village (bear in mind that Belgium is one of the countries or the country with the highest density of castles per square kilometer.) Even when their history was getting long lost over the centuries. Continue reading
L’abbaye Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu (Valley of God) was founded in 1216 by Cistercian monks. I think that it is interesting to mention that this valley was once called ‘Valley of the Devil’ and was renamed by the monks to Valley of God. Continue reading
I was so excited to visit the property of Godfrey of Bouillon, whose figure is wrapped in so many myths and mysteries. Well, what is true and what is false – we will never find out. As we’ve already seen, we don’t remember or truly understand our history from the past 100-200 years. Nowadays in Bulgaria, there are no longer any records about certain affairs from Continue reading
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, Continue reading
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.
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, Continue reading