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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.
Throughout the Middle Ages, the city remained a centre for trade and manufacturing of wool and leather but gradually economic decline set in.
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.
Merovingian coins minted in Maastricht have been found in many places throughout Europe.
In the 10th century Maastricht briefly became the capital of the duchy of Lower Lorraine.