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Aachen Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Aachen, Germany.

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Construction on the Aachen Cathedral was commenced by Charlemagne in 786, making it the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. The founder’s bones are interred in a shrine inside the cathedral. The coronations of thirty German rulers have taken place in this cathedral, which is why it is sometimes known as the Imperial Cathedral and the arts and treasures in the cathedrals collection reflects the buildings status.

The domed and spired building has been added to numerous times and is an interesting, but attractive blend of architectural styles. Everything is in good repair, but the authenticity of the Charlemagne’s original design has been muddied by more recent, though still attractive constructions, for example the inappropriate stained glass windows of the choir and the modern mosaics and statues, even if they are imitations of high quality historical styles. It is best to take the tour of this cathedral which allows you to see Charlemagne’s throne and his shrine and casket.

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

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Aachen Cathedral

Construction of this palatine chapel, with its octagonal basilica and cupola, began c. 790–800 under the Emperor Charlemagne. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Roman Empire, it was splendidly enlarged in the Middle Ages.

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