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Aachen's city history collection is distributed over several museums. It consists of paintings and artefacts of everyday culture, devotional objects, items of furniture, sculptures, sumptuous fabrics ... and many informative prints.
There are finds from Neolithic times, testimonies to Romans times at the thermal springs, and, of course, the Carolingian Empire is well represented by numerous artefacts, models and documents. The focus is as much on medieval Aachen as a place of royal coronations and holy pilgrimages as it is on the temporary decline of the city through the devastating fire in 1656.
The collection also illuminates the Baroque period of restoration which turned Aachen into a spa and health resort that remained a focal point of international high-society life until well into the 19th century. It covers the industrial revolution in Aachen's cloth and needle manufacturing sectors and the 20th century with its world wars right through to the Charlemagne Prize Awards in the European City of Aachen: All of these eras are reflected in the city history collection. A huge part of the town history collection consists of more than 1,000 prints and drawings with motifs from the town and the region. These include depictions of the Cathedral and the pilgrimages, of other sacred and secular buildings, of the town's gates and watchtowers, of Aachen as a spa resort, as well as maps, portraits of Aachen personalities and lots more.
In addition to the Suermondt Ludwig Museum, the Centre Charlemagne – New City Museum Aachen also showcases a portion of the inventory of the town history collection, and a further portion can be viewed in the Couven Museum.