The event "The significant local and territorial history of Vilich", to which the Bonn-Rechtsrheinisch Monument and History Society had invited to the Bürgermeister-Stroof-Haus as part of its Stroof-Kolleg, was exceptionally well attended.
The guests eagerly followed the explanations of their association member Ursula Becker, who read excerpts from her book "Das historische Vilich" (The Historical Vilich), which was published a few weeks ago. Afterwards, she answered numerous questions about the history of Vilich, alternating with chairman Carl Jacob Bachem.
One topic of the evening was the monastery, which had been established by St Adelheid's parents, Gerberga and Megingoz, from the year 978 onwards, and which was imperially impartial, i.e. solely subject to the emperor.
Ursula Becker explained the difference between a canoness and a nun in that the former was allowed much more freedom and did not have to wear a habit. According to the author, the nuns in Vilich were all noble. One or two of them also had a love affair.
Among other things, Carl Jacob Bachem answered questions about the building history of Vilich. He speculated that the mayor's stroof house, built in its present form around 1700 as a half-timbered building, once belonged to the monastery. However, it is unknown who built the house, which had been a residential tower around 1500.
The chairman of the association, when asked what he would like to see for the future of the town centre, mentioned a continuation of the immunity wall of the monastery and the erection of a new "Ortslinde" on Adelheidisstraße. The old tree had been felled by the city of Bonn two years ago.
In February, he presented a petition for the erection of a tree to the Lord Mayor Katja Dörner on behalf of the Monument and History Society.