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Neanderthal remains have been found to the west of Maastricht (Belvédère excavations).
Of a later date are Palaeolithic remains, between 8,000 and 25,000 years old.
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.
The city remained an early Christian diocese until it lost this position to nearby Liège in the early 8th century.The city's two main churches were largely rebuilt and redecorated.Maastricht Romanesque stone sculpture is regarded as one of the highlights of Mosan art.After a brief period of economic prosperity around 1500, the city's economy suffered during the wars of religion of the 16th and 17th centuries, and recovery did not happen until the industrial revolution in the early 19th century.The important strategic location of Maastricht resulted in the construction of an impressive array of fortifications around the city during this period.