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.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248402
Names
Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Dom
Kaiserdom
Pfalzkapelle
Coordinates
50.7747334° N, 6.0818498° E
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Location Map

Aerial view of Aachen Cathedral
Location map of Aachen Cathedral. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Aerial View

Aerial view of Aachen Cathedral
Aerial view of Aachen Cathedral. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

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

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

1986

Restoration of Aachen Cathedral Dome

Bibliography

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