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Old Dec 14 2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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Yesterday my wife and I visited Aix la Chapelle or Aachen in Germany. I admit, I didn't take many pictures and certainly not of the very crowded and cosy christmas market but we did have a good time.


Front of the Rathaus with market

Aachen is situated in a pleasant valley, 44 miles west of Cologne and contiguous to the Belgian and Dutch frontiers, to which its municipal boundaries extend.Of the cluster of buildings in the centre, which are conspicuous from afar, the town hall (Rathaus) and the cathedral are specially noteworthy. The former, standing on the south side of the market square, is a Gothic structure, erected in 1353-1370 on the ruins of Charlemagne's palace. It contains the magnificent coronation hall of the emperors (143 ft. by 61 ft.), in which thirty-five German kings and eleven queens have banqueted after the coronation ceremony in the cathedral. The two ancient towers, the Granusturm to the W. and the Glockenturm to the E., both of which to a large extent had formed part of the Carolingian palace, were all but destroyed in the fire by which the Rathaus was seriously damaged in 1883.


Back of the Rathaus with market


The cathedral is of great historic and architectural interest. Apart from the spire, which was rebuilt in 1884, it consists of two parts of different styles and date. The older portion, the capella in palatio, an octagonal building surmounted by a dome, was designed on the model of San Vitale at Ravenna by Udo of Metz, was begun under Charlemagne's auspices in 796 and consecrated by Pope Leo III. in 805. After being almost entirely wrecked by Norman raiders it was rebuilt, on the original lines, in 983, by the emperor Otto III. It is surrounded on the first story by a sixteen-sided gallery (the Hochmunster) adorned by antique marble and granite columns, of various sizes, brought by Charlemagne's orders from Rome, Ravenna and Trier. These were removed by Napoleon to Paris, but restored to their original positions after the peace of 1815.






Two pics that will give you an idea of the cathedral.



Underneath the dome, according to tradition, was the tomb of Charlemagne, which, on being opened by Otto III. in 1000, disclosed the body of the emperor, vested in white coronation robes and seated on a marble chair. The site of the tomb is marked by a stone slab, with the inscription Carlo Magno; and above it hangs the famous bronze chandelier presented by the emperor Frederick I. (Barbarossa) in 1168. Charlemagne's bones are preserved in an ornate shrine in the Hungarian Chapel, lying to the north of the octagon.



The chandelier in the dome



The Gothic choir, forming the more modern portion of the cathedral, was added during the latter half of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century, and contains the tomb of the emperor Otto III.



The Gothic 'extension'




Almost looking up Maria's skirts...


Nice square in front of the cathedral's entrance with nice houses...


...one of which seems to have a tropical (!) garden on its roof



My wife and I kept returning to the Fishmarket and the Albrecht Dürer Stube where they had great drinks, coffee and cacao with hot Apfelstrudel with vanlla sauce too...
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Old Dec 14 2008, 08:52 AM   #2
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Wow, what a beautiful cathedral and town. Thank you for sharing!
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That's really cool.

It puts more of an image in my head of that place because I've come across Charlemagne many times throughout my studies of French. Even though it's not what it was in the 800s, it's still interesting to see how things have changed over centuries.
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All I can say is "WOW!!" Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos! Love the architecture. :-)
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Hans...your photos are as always incredibly interesting. The cathedral is so beautiful...and the Madona is an exquisite sculpture. I am so glad that you and Marjon had such a lovely outing, and some great German food as well.
P.S. To bad the *Albrecht Durer Stube* isn't the *Albrecht Durer künstlerstudio", then you could have taken a few photos for me, of where he worked....sigh!!!
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Wow! It looks good and I'm glad you had fun and managed to find somewhere good to eat!
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Thank you for those beautiful pics, Hans!
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All I can say is "WOW!!" Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos! Love the architecture. :-)

Ditto that.
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Great pictures Hans. A small German Christmas market comes to the centre of Edinburgh each year, but Lanen would love to visit a real one in Germany one day.
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