Abendlicher Dom. Aachen Cathedral at night
10 Mar 2015 | From Michael of Germany
This is the second postcard Michael sent me which shows the Aachen Cathedral. Frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral", it is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany. The church is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the "Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen" during the Middle Ages. For 595 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church is currently the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Aachen, so named in 1802.
Aachen Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Aachen. The present-day cathedral consists of several constructions whose respective times of formation include the periods of early middle ages to modern times. The Cathedral is the church of the coronation for 30 German Kings.
Since 1978, the Cathedral of Aachen was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.