About Kornelimunster


Kornelimünster started as a small settlement and a sanctuary on the crossroad of two Roman highways crossed, the one from Aachen to Trier and the one from Cologne/Köln via Jülich to Dinant.

The Benedictine abbey of Kornelimünster was founded in 813/814 by Lodewijk the Pious (778-840), a son of Charlemagne/Carolus Magnus. From the chapel in Aachen, Lodewijk the Pious took the loincloth of Jesus (Linteum Domini), a grave cloth (Sindon Mundi) and a sweat cloth (Sudarium Domini). With the result that Kornelimünster became soon a place of pilgrimage.

Kornelimünster is further located in the valley of the river Inde. In the middle of Kornelimünster is the central market with beautiful bourgeois houses from the 17th and 18th century. The building material is the so-called bluestone and a coal limestone. The houses are mostly covered with slates. The first floor of the houses are often higher than street level because the houses have cellars. The wine that grew on the Burgberg was stored here, among other things. Pulleys show that in the past the goods were also stored on the attics.