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The Cathedral in 2014

Basic information
Location Aachen, Germany
Geographic coordinates 50°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)
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Diocese of Aachen
Year consecrated 805
Architectural description
Architectural type Cathedral
Architectural style Carolingian, Ottonian, Gothic
Groundbreaking 796

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]



  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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