There are some businesses that go back more than a millennium in Europe and are considered the oldest in the region. Let’ s have a look at them!
- The Royal Mint England – 886
Today operates as a government company. The 1,100 years of its existence track the history of Britain through its wars and political upheavals or its social and economic progress. What is known is that 1100 years ago, from the second half of the ninth century, there were reasonably robust conventions in place governing the making of coins. A glance at the uniform design of coins produced from this time is evidence of a controlling force and a deliberate policy.
As royal control over government grew during the next few hundred years, so greater structure was given to the body of men who were responsible for making the nation’s coinage. By the mid-13th century, a clear organizational framework existed for the monarch’s mint in London consisting of a hierarchy of officers. From at least the 1270s there was also a known location within the Tower of London and the organization became increasingly well established and formalized.
- Monnaie de Paris- 864
Founded in 864, Monnaie de Paris is France’s longest standing institution and the oldest enterprise in the world. It fulfills the public service mission of striking the euro coins in circulation for France, as well as coins for other foreign currencies. For twelve centuries, it has cultivated a venerable tradition of metalworking arts and crafts. It was Paris’s first industrial establishment and is the last in operation today. Artistic pieces are still produced at its historic Quai de Conti manufacture.
- Staffelter Hof Winery- 862
Staffelter Hof is a family-run winery, distillery and guest house situated in the small town of Krov in Germany. In 862 the Prince-Abbot of Stavelot Abbey received a small vineyard in Kröv on the banks of the now German Mosel. The Staffelter Hof, the current name of the estate, still produces wines with the seal of the old abbey and can be found in many restaurants in the Land of Stavelot.
- Sean’s Bar Ireland – 900
Athlone marks the site of what was once a great ford across the Shannon known as the Ford of Great Antiquity. At around 900 AD there lived a man called Luain Mac Luighdeach – Luain son of Lewy. It is known that he established an Inn close to «Ath Mor – The Great Ford». This Inn is today known as Sean’s Bar! Sean’s Bar has a detailed and documented history right back to 900AD. During renovations in 1970, the walls of the bar were found to be made of «wattle and wicker» dating back to the ninth century. Old coins that were minted by various landlords for barter with their customers were also found. The walls and the coins are on display in the National Museum. One section remains on display in the pub.
- Marinelli Bell Foundry – 1040
The Marinelli Bell Foundry is the successor of a bell foundry already at work in Agnone, Italy in 1040. The bell foundry is considered Italy’s oldest family business and among the three oldest family businesses worldwide. In addition to a bell foundry, it is an artisan foundry that produces bronze portals, bas-reliefs, church artifacts, and bell restorations.
- Munke Molle Denmark – 1135
The Munke Mølle is the oldest still-functioning company in Denmark, being founded in 1135 as a water mill on the Odense River in Odense city. The mill has been a purveyor to 38 kings and 2 queens, and today produces bread and cake mixes.
- Drohobych Salt Plant Ukraine- 1250
Drohobych salt plant is in existence from 1250 and is the oldest working salt plant in Drohobych, Ukraine. It has been working since 1250.
- Bochnia Salt Mine Poland – 1248
The Bochnia Salt Mine in Bochnia, Poland is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and the oldest company in Poland. The mine was established between the 12th and 13th centuries after salt was first discovered in Bochnia. Since 1990 the mine stopped digging down for salt, but it is still open as a tourist attraction.
- Cesu Alus Latvia – 1590
Cēsu Alus is a brewery and alcohol beverage producer in Latvia. As the roots of the brewery date back in 1590, Cēsu Alus is considered to be the oldest brewery in Baltic and Nordic countries.
- Cemberlitas Hamami Turkey- 1584
Çemberlitaş Bath is one of the oldest Turkish Baths in Istanbul. It is a work of Sinan The Architect.
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