Aachen Cathedral, Germany

After the Bruhl experience we double checked the timings of Aachen Cathedral. Charles the Great (Charlemagne) built the Palatine Chapel in 792. This later was renovated many times and now in its present form has good ‘old’ feel. It is all that remains today of Charlemagne’s extensive palace complex in Aachen. You can read more here.

This, I read, is one of the most historically important sites in all of Christianity. One interesting bit of story among the many I read about this cathedral is: “When he died in 814, Charlemagne’s remains were placed in a vault in the cathedral. In 1000, Otto III had Charlemagne’s vault opened. Otto of Lomello, one of the courtiers who accompanied him, recorded the event, which is reported in the Chronicle of Novalesia, written about 1026.

The account reads:
“So we went in to Charles. He did not lie, as the dead otherwise do, but sat as if he were living. He was crowned with a golden crown and held in his gloved hands a sceptre; the fingernails had penetrated through the gloves and stuck out. Above him was a canopy of limestone and marble. Entering, we broke through this. Upon our entrance, a strong smell struck us. Kneeling, we gave Emperor Charles our homage, and put in order the damage that had been done. Emperor Charles had not lost any of his members to decay, except only the tip of his nose. Emperor Otto replaced this with gold, took a tooth from Charles’s mouth, walled up the entrance to the chamber, and withdrew again.””

The grey exteriors don’t give the slightest clue of the splendor inside.
No entrance charges, but you need to pay one euro for photography, which I gladly paid. The cathedral is huge and I found it difficult to capture it all in one single frame. Finally crossing the road at its rear, after lot of tries I got this second frame. A small lower part of the cathedral is missing in the frame.

The Garden of Augustusburg Castle, Bruhl, Germany
Augustusburg Castle, Bruhl, Germany

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