The Aachen Cathedral, also known as Imperial Cathedral, is a 9th century imposing church where 42 German monarchs have been coronated over the ages, from Otto I in 936 to Ferdinand I in 1531. The original octagonal Carolingian-Romanesque Palatine Chapel on the site was commissioned by Charlemagne, who lies buried here. The bronze 'Wolf Doors' which were cast around 800 AD for the original Palatine Chapel can be seen in the west portal. Subsequently, the Barbarossa chandelier, the cupola, steeple, other chapels, and Gothic choir (Glass Chapel) were added. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and artistic finesse, which show the influence of both Classic and Byzantine traditions.
Domhof 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany
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Aachen Cathedral and Nearby Attractions on Map
The Domschatzkammer or Cathedral Treasury in Aachen holds one of the most important church treasuries in northern Europe.
Centre Charlemagne(0.1 km)
The Centre Charlemagne – Neues Stadtmuseum Aachen is the city museum, tracing the evolution of Aachen from the Neolithic era to the present day.
The medieval City Hall of Aachen is a striking Gothic building in the Old Town.
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst(1.4 km)
The Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst is a modern art museum, showcasing European art from the 1960s onwards, and American pop and photorealistic art.
Aachen Christmas Market(0.1 km)
Come winter, and the streets of the Old Town light up in anticipation of the festive season.
International Newspaper Museum(0.3 km)
The International Newspaper Museum in the Great House holds one of the world's largest collection of newspapers, with over 200,000 issues from the 17th to the 21th century.
Built in 1827, the Elisenbrunnen (Elisa Fountain) stands as a symbol of the more than 30 thermal springs in the Aachen basin area.
The Couven Museum offers a glimpse into 18th and 19th century living, through displays of house interiors and furniture.
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