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Meurin’s Roman Mine – Too dusty for the emperor...

What do a Roman mine and the Middle Ages have in common? You may find the answer to this question here, at the Roman mine in Meurin . It’s history highlights the Roman legacy of the Middle Ages. (Find more on this topic in Trier and Lorsch Abbey).

Important resource: stone

Above all Meurin tells the story of one important resource: stone. Today its tunnels seem easily accessible. But 1700 years ago it were probably Roman soldiers who worked very hard to cut these precious tufa stones. You may try for yourself in the museum.

Stone was in high demand in Antiquity. It was used in roman buildings, in cities like Cologne. But stone was also highly sought after in the Middle Ages. Then, the Roman mine Meurin was owned by Maria Laach Abbey. The abbey leased the mine to local peasants. But stone was no longer mined here on a grand scale.  Why?

Meurin’s Roman Mine – Too dusty for the emperor...

Who needed stone in the Middle Ages? And what part did this mine play for the medieval sovereigns? If you want to learn more about it, visit the exhibition at the Roman Mine Museum in Meurin “Too dusty for the emperor...”.