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Short URL
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Names
Aachen Cathedral Aachener Dom Kaiserdom Pfalzkapelle
Address
Klosterplatz 2 Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia52062
Location
Aachen  locality
Germany  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
786-805; 1414
Coordinates
50.774612° N, 6.084114° E
Phone
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.

Holly Hayes
July 17, 2011

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