The Romans built a bridge over the Meuse in the 1st century AD, during the reign of Augustus Caesar.
The bridge was an important link in the main road between Bavay and Cologne. Remains of the Roman road, the bridge, a religious shrine, a Roman bath, a granary, some houses and the 4th-century castrum walls and gates, have been excavated.
Maastricht painters were praised by Wolfram von Eschenbach in his Parzival.
Around the same time, the poet Henric van Veldeke wrote a legend of Saint Servatius, one of the earliest works in Dutch literature.
From top to bottom, left to right: Meuse river in winter · Town Hall by night · sidewalk cafés at Onze Lieve Vrouweplein · Saint Servatius Bridge · Our Lady, Star of the Sea chapel · St. Servatius' churches at Vrijthof square · View from Mount Saint Peter) is a city and a municipality in the southeast of the Netherlands.
It is the capital and largest city of the province of Limburg.
Maastricht has 1677 national heritage buildings (Rijksmonumenten), the second highest number in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam.During the 12th century the town flourished culturally.The provosts of the church of Saint Servatius held important positions in the Holy Roman Empire during this era.The Meuse-Rhine Euroregion is a metropolis with a population of about 3.9 million with several international universities.The name Maastricht is derived from Latin Traiectum ad Mosam (or Traiectum Mosae), meaning 'crossing at the Meuse', and referring to the bridge built by the Romans.