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Roermond, I found it a little dozing town, nice for a visit but since I had not done any research for its history upfront, I was not impressed.
Back home, building these pages, I learned much on Roermond and realized I had better done some reading before visiting.
I am sure I will visit again one day.

Found a time line and will give a short impression of the most striking things (in my opinion):

3e century after Christ : altar stone dedicated to Rura
1130 first note about the name Roermond
about 1180-1543 Roermond is ruled by different dukes from Gelre
1213 demolition of Roermond (villa optima) by the German empire
1224 Foundation of Munster abbey
1232 Roermond gets his own seal, autonomy and justice.
1279 Note on Begijnhof
1309 Note on Minderbroeder monastry
1338-1342 transfer of Meuse river to Roermond
1376 Founding of Karthuizer monastry
1388 Roermond unsuccesfully under siege of the French
about 1410 the buildings of a new parrish church: now known as the Saint Christoffel cathedral
1441 member of the hanseatic league
1472 right of own coin
1543-1702 under Spanish power
1554 first major city burning
1559 foundation of Roermond diosese
23-4-1568 fight at Dalheim close to Roermond: begin of the 80 year war
1572 overtaken by William the dumm and murder of the Karthuizer monks
1611 Jesuit come to Roermond
1613 biggest proces of all The Netherlands: 64 witches burnt
1632-1637 Roermond under state government
1646 Foundation Ursilinen monastry
1659 St. Christoffel church becomes cathedral
1665 2nd major city fire
1702-1716 Roermond under state government
1716-1794 Roermond Austrian 1782-1790 demolition of the ramparts
1783-1786 liquidation of several monastries by Joseph II
11-12-1792 Roermond conquered by the French under De Miranda
5-3-1793 Austrian back
5-4-1794 French regain Roermond
1795-1814 Roermond becomes part of France
1797 remaining monastries closed down
1815-1830 Roermond part of The Netherlands
1830-1839 Roermond under Belgium reign
1829 Founding of the first Chamber of Commerce
1839-1867 Limburg member of the German Union
1867-now Roermond Dutch
1879 railroad Antwerpen-Roermond-Mönchengladbach by the Belgium Railroad Company
1940-1945 German occupation
1-3-1945 Liberation from the Germans by the Americans

My kids were impressed by the presence of saint statues and little altars along the roads.
In Roermond they were tired of it and that is why we only walked the so called 'monument walk', a route of almost an hour and a half.
It was a nice walk.

St. Christoffel, a legendary figure who originates from the 12th century, has a special meaning for Roermond.
St. Christoffel is church patron as well as city patron.
The top of the tower of the cathedral church has a guilded Christoffel statue.
Every year in September the annual Christoffel festivities are held.
Local specialities are Christoffel tard, Christoffel beer and Christoffel canes.

  • Last visit to Roermond: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (4)

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Great tips and photos. I especially like the great information about the magnificent Munsterkerk. Roermond is indeed a lovely city in the south of the Netherlands! Best from New Jersey, Bill

  • AliNZ's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2004 at 5:33 PM

    Thanks for the informative site. Well done. I'm looking forward to ebing there soon and glad to have read your comments.

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 3:32 PM

    Nicely done! -- Greg

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2003 at 2:38 PM

    Do I know these places? Mooie foto's Roelien (als ik toch eens een digitale camera had ...). Ik geniet van je laatste shortbreak. Dank je. Groetjes, Paul


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