From 786 AD/CE, Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne built his imperial palace in what is now Aachen. Built between 793 and 813 AD/CE, the Palatine chapel includes the original octagon, an example of Carolingian Renaissance construction. The church would eventually become the core for the much larger “surrounding” cathedral. Aachen’s Cathedral is Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site (1978). The first Sunday in June is UNESCO World Heritage Day in Germany; this year it’s June 4.
Aachen, Germany – 14 Jan 2013 (HL).
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