Europe Couldn’t Count?

Today, I’d like to talk about Aachen Cathedral. Originally serving as the personal chapel of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, it was first constructed between 793 and 813 AD, then expanded beginning in 1355. It serves as his burial place, as well as the coronation site for numerous German monarchs.

Now, then. Why am I talking about this? Because, according to a certain user here, it shouldn’t have been able to be built. I’ll give you the exact quote:

BTW, arithmetic was brought to Europe from the Arabs by Fibonacci in the 13th century. Before that Europe couldn’t count.

Apparently, this user thinks that, after the Dark Ages, European society lost the ability to do mathematics. So, question time.

How were the great churches and structures of the Middle Ages created if, like this user claims, their architects and builders couldn’t do simple math?


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