Interiors Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral is the first German site to make entry to UNESCO World Heritage list in 1978. Charlemagne, who built this cathedral, had collected a variety of relics during his lifetime. These are kept in Aachen cathedral.

The four most important are: the cloak of the Blessed Virgin; the swaddling-clothes of the Infant Jesus; the loin-cloth worn by Christ on the Cross; and the cloth on which lay the head of St. John the Baptist after his beheading. These are kept in the treasury. These attract swarms of Christian pilgrims from around the world.

We toured around inside the dom. It is truly an architectural gem! Stepping inside the sight of octagonal dome with superb mosaics stunned us. It has golden mosaics pictures with the God and twenty four Ancients around Him. Our gaze remained glued upwards.

The main altar is decorated with a magnificent golden frontal known as the Pala d’Oro. It faces the Octagon and dates from about 1000 AD. (In the picture above)The image in the center is of beardless Christ enthroned inside a mandorla (almond-shaped nimbus), who gives a blessing and holds a cross with one hand and holds a book in the other.

The walls are filled with thirteen colorful stain glass windows, each huge in size depict various stories. The original ones were destroyed during war and the present ones date to 1950s.

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24 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What an incredible, gorgeous and historic church! Your captures are superb as always, Indrani, and thank you so much for the history as well! Terrific post for the day!


  2. magiceye says:

    so beautiful! wonderfully captured!

  3. NixBlog says:

    Magnificent photos, Indrani! There is so much to see in this very famous and historic cathedral.

  4. Pietro says:

    Great post, Indrani, magnificent interiors of Aachen Cathedral.

  5. Martha Z says:

    You always find interesting places to show us, Indrani

  6. What a privilege to view relics from Charlemagne's time. Aachen Cathedral definitely deserves its status as a World Heritage site. Although I've never seen the cathedral, I suspect you have done it justice with your stunning photographs.

  7. ladyfi says:

    Wow – just fabulous!

  8. Leovi says:

    Deliciously beautiful these perspectives, I love the delicacy of these photos, very good.

  9. kanak7 says:

    What a truly stunning place to visit! I love the stained glass windows!

  10. Gary says:

    Stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. Snap says:

    Beautiful! I love places of worship and this one is so special.

  12. Carver says:

    Glorious shots of the beautiful cathedral.

  13. Ann says:

    They don't build churches with such high stain windows anymore.

  14. Arti says:

    Amazingly captured. The architectural marvel, I loved those painted glass windows.

  15. Hazel says:

    Huge and beautiful. A little neck ache gazing upwards for a long time will be worth it for me.

  16. Magnificent! Y cannot believe how much stained glass there is! And so much gold!

  17. George says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of the interior of this magnificent cathedral. Everything about it is stunning.

  18. Lovely works of art, great photos.

  19. Joyful says:

    What can I say, but "simply stunning"!

  20. Krishna says:

    Wow! beautiful

    thanks for sharing and visiting my blog

  21. Ornate, beautiful and splendid architecture !

  22. You blow me away. These are beautiful shots.

  23. Magnificient! I did not know such relics exists, wish the could display it.

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