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Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral was the first German cultural monument to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.

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Aachen Cathedral

The cathedral, which was built between around 790 and 800, is of universal significance to the history of art and architecture, and one of the great icons of religious architecture. Contemporaries declared the Palatine Chapel of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne to be a miracle of the art of construction – of half divine, half human conception. The Palatine Chapel, the first vaulted building north of the Alps, is heavily influenced by the building traditions of classical antiquity and by Byzantine architecture.