The Council of Constance

Three popes, which simultaneously claimed the right to the throne of Peter, a divided Christianity, turmoil and conflict throughout Europe – for these reasons, spiritual and secular dignitaries came together for the Council of Constance in the bishop city of Constance between 1414 and 1418.

From 2014 to 2018, Constance invites Europe to Lake Constance again. “600 Years Council of Constance” is an opportunity to come in contact with the past and at the same time, face the challenges of the present and future.

The Council of Constance shaped European history with long-lasting effects. While turmoil shook Europe, the theological, political, and social issues of the day were mainly solved through dialogue on Lake Constance. This approach has paid off: the discussion across borders still forms the foundation of the European idea.