Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral (German: Aachener Dom) is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany and the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aachen.

Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Dom
The Cathedral in 2014
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceDiocese of Aachen
Year consecrated805
Location
LocationAachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Geographic coordinates50°46′29.1″N 6°5′2.12″E
Architecture
TypeCathedral
StyleCarolingian-Romanesque
Gothic
Ottonian
Groundbreaking796
Specifications
Length73 m (239 ft 6 in)
Width56 m (183 ft 9 in)
Spire(s)1
Spire height72 m (236 ft 3 in)
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iv, vi
Reference3
Inscription1978 (2nd Session)
Area0.2 ha
Buffer zone67 ha

One of the oldest cathedrals in Europe, it was constructed by order of Emperor Charlemagne, who was buried there in 814. From 936 to 1531, the Palatine Chapel saw the coronation of thirty-one German kings and twelve queens. The church has been the mother church of the Diocese of Aachen since 1930.[1]


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