Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

Commissioned by Charlemagne in 786, this is the oldest cathedral in Northern Europe. A graceful Gothic choir was added to the Carolingian core in the 15th century. Inside are several major relics and early medieval artworks.

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Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248402
Names
Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Dom
Kaiserdom
Pfalzkapelle
Lists
World Heritage Site
Categories
cathedral
chapel
church
chapel, royal
religious building
Styles
Gothic
Carolingian Renaissance
Pre-Romanesque
medieval
Early Medieval

Visitor & Contact Information

Address
Aachen
Coordinates
50.7747334° N, 6.0818498° E
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Timeline

786

Charlemagne commissions the Palatine Chapel

790

Construction of Palatine Chapel

814

Charlemagne is buried in the choir of the Palatine Chapel

1000

Emperor Otto III opens Charlemagne's tomb

1165

Frederick Barbarossa transfers the remains of Charlemagne to a golden shrine

1168

Frederick Barbarossa donates a large bronze chandelier to hang over the shrine of Charlemagne at Aachen

1215

Emperor Frederick II moves Charlemagne's bones to a splendid golden shrine, which is placed beneath the chandelier in the middle of the Palatine Chapel in Aachen.

1355

Construction begins on the Gothic choir of Aachen Cathedral

1414

Consecration of the Glass Chapel in Aachen Cathedral

1978

Aachen Cathedral designated a World Heritage Site

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Bibliography

  1. Official Website of Aachen Cathedral. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.aachendom.de/>