Düren (lat. villa duria, Marcodurum ) is a metal corner-piece city of Germany in the Land of the Rhineland-of-North-Westphalia crossed by the Roër which is thrown in the Meuse in the Netherlands. The town of Düren is between Cologne and Aachen and counts more than 90.000 inhabitants.
Charlemagne held in Düren two Champs of May, 775 and 779. It becomes then imperial city. It was taken and set fire to by Charles Quint, 1543. The French occupied it of 1794 with 1814: it belonged to the department of Roër.
The city was almost entirely destroyed by a raid of allied on November 16th 1944.
Düren is the administrative seat of the Circonscription bearing the same name. Düren was the seat of a Belgian military base during several decades. The Museum Leopold Hoesch has an important collection of tables expressionists. With the Museum of Paper (Papiermuseum), it organizes every two years the PaperArt, an international festival of art out of paper. Düren is twinned with the town of Valencian (France).
Famous charactersIn Düren were born:
- Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1815 - 1859), mathematician
- Hermann Heinrich Gossen (1810 - 1858), economist
- Harald Schumacher (1954 -), footballer
Ceratins historians think that Charlemagne would be does not have Duren.
- Site of the town of Düren
- museums of Düren
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