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Old March 5th, 2012, 09:59 AM   #21
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Wow! Amazing photos! Aachen and its cathedral are really very special!

Yeah, that┤s right.

Aachen┤s cathedral is probably the most valuable building in Germany at all. As you may know, this UNESCO- world heritage site is not only quite old (its central part is more than 1200 years old), it is also of utmost historical importance (it was the coronation site for 30 German kings) and religious importance (during the Middle Ages, it was the Christian pilgrimage site no. 4 after Rome, Jerusalem and Compostela).

The shrine in the background of the following photo houses the four most important relics of Aachen, such as a napkin of Jesus!

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Old March 5th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #22
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Beautiful.
Do you know which portion was erected by the Franc Emperor Charlemagne, and which portion from the German successors?
And are there many building remaining from his capital apart from the Dom?
The only part of the cathedral that was already erected at the time of Charlemagne (748-814) is the Octagon in the middle of the cathedral, including most of its columns and fences. The paintings on the walls are, however, much younger (from the 19th century):



Maybe you┤ve already heard that Napoleon Bonaparte took most of said columns with him to Paris because he saw himself as a legitimate successor of Charlemagne. Most of these columns were afterwards returned to Aachen, but two of them are still today in the Louvre in Paris. Funny fact of history, because Charlemagne himself took most of these columns from an even older church.

Apart from the cathedral, there is nearly nothing left from the time of Charlemagne. Only fragments of older buildings, like the walls on the left side of the following photo, which are integrated into the Gothic town hall:

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Old March 6th, 2012, 12:22 AM   #23
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Old March 6th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #24
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great shots and the interior of the cathedral is stunningly beautiful...
the varied colors of marbles, the stainglass and the gilts.
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