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Aachen Cathedral

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The most important historical epoch of Aachen started with the takeover of the government by Charlemagne in AD 768. The imperial palace by the hot springs soon became his permanent residence and so developed into a spiritual and cultural centre. Two hundred years later he was canonized, which resulted in a flow of pilgrims wishing to see Charlemagne's tomb and the relics he gathered during his life. The town's ties with Charlemagne are reflected in numerous architectural heirlooms and memorials in the townscape.
When he began work on his Palatine Chapel in 786, Charlemagne's dream was to create a 'new Rome'. The core of Aachen Cathedral at the time of its construction was the largest dome north of the Alps. Its fascinating architecture, with classical, Byzantine and Germanic-Franconian elements, is the essence of a monumental building of the greatest importance. For 600 years, from 936 to 1531, Aachen Cathedral was the coronation church for thirty German kings, and even today it retains much of the glamour of its historic past.

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Apostolos Tikopoulos02-Jul-2013 17:26
Excellent interior capture. V.
Michael Tauber30-Jun-2013 03:52
Great light, colors and capture.
Nestor Derkach28-Jun-2013 16:56
Lovely image , such nice detail for the viewer to enjoy.
Martin Lamoon28-Jun-2013 16:13
Superb shot of the ceiling. v
Will Hoskins28-Jun-2013 16:00
Beautiful view of that great ceiling. Your control of what must have been extreme contrast is very impressive. V
Walter Otto Koenig28-Jun-2013 15:31
You really got around Germany. A wonderful view of Aachen Cathedral. "V"
Pete Hemington28-Jun-2013 14:20
Lovely shot of this opulent ceiling
Jim Coffman28-Jun-2013 11:59
A fantastic view! Well captured..
Yvonne28-Jun-2013 11:32
A very attractive interior and interesting story Jose! v
Stephanie28-Jun-2013 11:22
Magnificent view looking up! BV
Tom LeRoy28-Jun-2013 09:27
What a fantastic job to capture the impressive and very beautiful ceiling of the cathedral! BV
Irene Wehrli28-Jun-2013 09:22
Awesome capture of this beautiful ceiling Jose!
marie-jose wolff28-Jun-2013 08:26
wonderful ceiling, looks very oriental! V
Kim28-Jun-2013 08:15
Great interior shot Jose! V
Colin Dixon CPAGB28-Jun-2013 08:12
Nice shot Jose V
Mike H.28-Jun-2013 07:38
The interior of that dome is amazing and beautiful.
Wonderful image capture -- and super word picture to round out the presentation!!
Anitta28-Jun-2013 07:15
Wonderful, Jose!! V
Pentti Kyyronen28-Jun-2013 06:14
Impressive ceiling painting ! Very nice light ! V+
Gill Kopy28-Jun-2013 05:00
What a stunning ceiling - love your shot - such beautiful patterns V
Frank Tran28-Jun-2013 03:48
Excellent interior capture! V+
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