The Carolingian dynasty finds its crucible in the heart of Austrasia, where a wealth of testimonies of the Carolingian saga has been permeating in the local culture ever since the Early Middle Ages.
Crowned Western Emperor in 800, Charlemagne still embodies a federative, consensus-based figure: reunifying Western Europe, he modernised his Empire by establishing a single currency in silver, the denier, a common readable script, the Caroline, an upturn in schooling, a cultural revival with the Carolingian Renaissance, a more balanced justice with the Missi dominici…
Council of Europe values
Considered as the father of Europe, of the first unified Europe, the cultural values developed and maintained by Charlemagne and by his dynasty are still well alive nowadays. Promoting the chivalrous and humanistic values specific to the Carolingian legends, Via Charlemagne aims to raise awareness among young Europeans of all ages about the fact that shared cultural history is the essence of a common European citizenship, in its unity and diversity.
Via Charlemagne is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2018.