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„Peace.Europe“ – the City Hall of the Peace of Westphalia

Europe: Remembrance and New Starts Stadt Münster / Stadt Osnabrück

The city halls of Münster and Osnabrück were awarded the European Heritage Label in 2015. Honoring the award also includes an obligation to keep this piece of European history alive for future generations.

In 1648 the Peace of Westphalia was signed in Münster and Osnabrück as one of the first European peace treaties of modern times after five years of difficult negotiations. A peace that had an impact on modern international law and to this day, represents such a central European remembrance value, because it has been achieved through negotiation in a seemingly hopeless conflict situation.
With the Peace of Westphalia, the claim and the hope are thus connected to be a model to a solution of today's global conflicts.

The project is committed to reviving this historical legacy and to conveying it to future generations. One module of the joint project "Peace. Europe" is to make Münster's city hall a place of remembrance for its visitors in a contemporary fashion. The overall project includes also a major exhibition cooperation in which five major museums of the city discuss the theme "Peace. From Antiquity to Present Day" (28 April 2018 through September 2, 2018). Another element is the project" Europe Laboratory" that invites young Europeans to Osnabrück in order to jointly understand the dimensions of this European peace through artistic means.

The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the context of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.

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