Thursday, December 29, 2011

learn something about Tongeren


Postcard from Belgium


Hallo!
Bonjour!
Gutentag!

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.

Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main lingustic groups, the Dutch-speakers, mostly Flemish (about 60%) and the French-speakers, mostly Wallons (about 40%), plus a small group of German-spearkers. Belgium's two largest region are the Ducth-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region. A Greman-speaking community exist and related political conflicts are reflected in the political history and a complex system of government.


Tongeren is a city located in the province of Limburg, Flemish region, Belgium. Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium being founded in 15 BC. The Romans referred ti Tongeren as Aduatuca Tungrorum or Atuatuca Tongrorum. In 1677, the city was burned almost entirely by Louis XIV's troops, a catastrophe from which Tongeren never completely recovered. The rebirth of the city dated from after 1830. Tongeren is currently the judicial capital of the Limburg province.


Tongeren is the birthplace of Servatius Catholic saint who brought Christianity to the Netherlands in the 4th century. Immediately after the attacks of the Germanic peoples, the city became the center of Christian bishoprics - one of the earliest in the Interior low - by servatius, from the city of Maasstricht.

The Gallo-Roman Museum
is lovated in the heart of Tongeren at the exact spot where a large luxurious Roman villa was built. The underground of Tongeren is one large archaeological archive. The archaeological site near the Basilica show the remains of an excavated Roman tower of the 4th century. One of the most remarkable monuments of Tongeren is the Basilica of our Lady with the 64 metres high bell tower. This marvellous church is build in Gotic style and hosts an enormous collection of precious art object. the city also has a large Beguinage, well worth a visit.

To send a postcard is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Nog een prettige dag!
Bonne journee!
Schonen tag noch!


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