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 Continue reading
I am beginning the series „oldest cities“ (not some of the oldest but the oldest). I just feel that I can’t continue showing unpopular places in these three countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany (for Germany it will be part II), if I don’t show now its origins, so to speak.
So, Tongeren in the Flemish Region of Belgium is the oldest city in that country, founded by Continue reading
I visited the Salvatorian Abbey of Steinfeld by mistake.
After the Abbey of Maria Laach, I wanted to visit the Benedictine monastery in that town because just at that time, I read in „Secret Wisdom“, by Ruth Clydesdale that the motto of the German Alchemist Heinrich Khunrath “Ora et labora”/”Pray and work”/”Pray and labor” is actually the motto of the
Bonn is famous not only for the fact that it was from 1949 to 1990 the seat of government and the capital of West Germany but also because it belongs to the group of the oldest cities in Germany, of which I’ve already shown Trier and Koblenz.
Due to my short visit, I can show only a little part of it.
I found the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach in a ranking of the 10 most beautiful monasteries in Germany. I consider this type of ranking quite relative when it comes to a land with such a large territory like Germany. The number of 10 for any kind of objects could not be reliable. In my view, a list of upwards of 30 positions could be a bit more representative and real. And yet, the abbey church of Maria Laach is considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings on German territory.
And yet, the Abbey Church of Maria Laach is considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings on German territory. Continue reading
Hubert, or Hubertus (655/665-727), was a nobleman and a passionate hunter (the hunt at that time was a privilege only for the nobility), close to the Carolingian family. On one Good Friday, instead of going to church, he set off for a chase. But in the forest, a stag with Continue reading
Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany (but I’ve already shown the oldest one). It is assumed, though not historically proven, that it was founded in 9 B.C. by the Romans. From the Latin „Confluentes“ derives the name Koblenz, which means Continue reading