Quick Facts on Aachen Cathedral
- Short URL
- Aachen Cathedral Aachener Dom Kaiserdom Pfalzkapelle
- Klosterplatz 2 Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia52062
- Main date(s)
- 786-805; 1414
- Carolingian Empire cathedrals Gothic (medieval style) royal chapels World Heritage Sites (#3; Jan 01, 1978)
- 50.774612° N,
- 0241 47 70 90
Description of Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral is a building of great historical, architectural and religious importance. Begun by Charlemagne in 786, its design was based on the Byzantine architecture of Ravenna and was itself highly influential on subsequent German church architecture. It was a site of imperial coronations and pilgrimage for many centuries.
One of the oldest churches in Germany, Aachen Cathedral contains a wealth of treasures from the early medieval period, including Charlemagne's Throne (c.800), a golden altarpiece (c. 1000), a golden pulpit (c. 1020), the golden shrine of Charlemagne (1215), and the shrine of the Virgin Mary (1238). Still more treasures are on display in the excellent Treasury nearby.
July 17, 2011
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