Aachen

Aachen in Europe

Description of Aachen

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes aachen in the following terms: [1] As the capital of Charlemagne’s 9th century Christian empire, Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle in French) could lay brief claim to being the first post-classical administrative and cultural centre of Europe (see more in this European encyclopedia). In all, 32 German emperors and kings have been crowned at Aix. The city also played host to the 1818 Congress to settle the peace of Europe after Napoleon’s defeat – a conference which marked the high point of the unsuccessful attempt to govern Europe by international co-operation between the great powers.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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