The construction of Aachen’s scenic cathedral began in 796 AD under the Emperor Charlemagne and is considered the oldest chapel in Northern Europe. The building draws influences from Eastern churches of the Holy Roman Empire and was further extended in the Middle Ages in the then-fashionable Gothic style. The 74 meter high tower was added to the church as recently as 1884, resulting in a combination of different styles and an architectural construction of unifying elegance. Aachen’s beloved Charlemagne was buried here in 814 and his bones still rest in the Shrine of Charles near to the still-intact imperial throne.
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