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Aachen Cathedral
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: c. 790–800
Date of Inscription: 1978
Location: Europe, Germany, State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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Description: The Emperor Charlemagne led the construction of this palatine chapel in c. 790–800, incorporating an octagonal basilica and cupola.At first it was inspired by the churches of the Holy Roman Empire’s Eastern part, in the Middle Ages it was marvelously enlarged. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Aachen Cathedral, frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral" (in German: Kaiserdom) is a Roman catholic church in Aachen, western Germany. The church is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the "Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen" during the middle ages. It was the site of some Carolingian royal and imperial coronations. For 600 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church became an episcopal seat in 1802 and remained so until 1825. In 1930 the diocese was reestablished. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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