Aachen Cathedral

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Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Dom
Aachen Germany Imperial-Cathedral-01.jpg
The Cathedral in 2014
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceDiocese of Aachen
Year consecrated805
Location
LocationAachen, Germany
Geographic coordinates50°46′29.1″N 6°5′2.12″E / 50.774750°N 6.0839222°E / 50.774750; 6.0839222 (Aachener Dom)Coordinates: 50°46′29.1″N 6°5′2.12″E / 50.774750°N 6.0839222°E / 50.774750; 6.0839222 (Aachener Dom)
Architecture
Architectural typeCathedral
Architectural styleCarolingian, Ottonian, Gothic
Groundbreaking796
Specifications
Length73 m (239 ft 6 in)
Width56 m (183 ft 9 in)
Spire(s)1
Spire height72 m (236 ft 3 in)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iv, vi
Reference3
Inscription1978 (2nd Session)
Area0.2 ha
Buffer zone67 ha

Aachen Cathedral (German: Aachener Dom) is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe. Emperor Charlemagne ordered for it to be built in 796.[1] He was buried there when he died. The church was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. It was one of the first World Heritage Sites listed.[2]

The building uses several types of architecture. The choir is built in a Gothic style. The core of the building is a chapel built in a Carolingian-Romanesque style. There are small parts that also use an Ottonian style, including an area around the throne.[3][4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Bayer 2000, p. 1
  2. UNESCO; "Aachen Cathedral"; retrieved 2020-8-14.
  3. Hoiberg 2010, pp. 1–2
  4. McClendon 1996, p. 3

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