The "Imperial Cathedral", in Aachen, Germany (德國阿亨主教座堂)

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MF(Meditation Falcon… on January 10, 2013

Aachen Cathedral, frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral", 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 600 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Aachen.

Charles the Great (Charlemagne) began the construction of the Palatine Chapel around 792, along with the building of the rest of the palace structures.

Floorplan of Charlemagne's palace chapelIt was consecrated in 805 by Pope Leo III in honour of the Virgin Mary. It was extensively renovated in the 10th century and restored in 1881. The core of the cathedral is the Carolingian Palatine Chapel, which is notably small in comparison to the later additions.

In order to sustain the enormous flow of pilgrims in the Gothic period a choir hall was built: a two-part Capella vitrea (glass chapel) which was consecrated on the 600th anniversary of Charlemagne's death. A cupola, several other chapels and a steeple were also constructed at later dates. In 1978, it was one of the first 12 items to make the entry into the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, as the first German and one of the first three European historical ensembles.

Dezso Biczo © on January 11, 2013

Wonderful paintings in the dome


Regards • Dezső - PECS / HUNGARY

Mojzer László on January 11, 2013

Hi Dear MF!
Thank you very much. Very nice photo. Greetings: Laci LIKE

lurdesa_ on January 11, 2013

Is so impressive picture .Felicitats !!! **

lurdesa. All the best from Catalunya**

Søren Terp on January 12, 2013

Beautiful - like and YS!

Valerio Manassero on January 16, 2013

Beautiful picture LIKE + Fav! Many greetings from Italy, Valerio

Frederic Baiges on January 22, 2013

Molt bonica imatge. Like

Salutacions cordials.

Stathis Chionidis on January 28, 2013

Wonderful interior, strong view and composition.Well done.I love it.LIKE.Best wishes.Stathis

Jörg R. on January 31, 2013

A very nice view in the cupola !


Ciao , Willy

Chinappi on February 5, 2013

For me, this is a very interesting capture. As far I understand, the job was well done.

I think it is a nice picture.

I LIKE it.

Thank you very much for your visit and nice comment!.



christian caffin_No … on April 9, 2013

So beautiful church! Attractive interior shot! Cheers, Christian

marcel_pics on May 31, 2013

Nice picture, best wishes.

Erol Barutçugil on June 20, 2013

Nice view of the dome, perfect perspective. Like. Greetings.Erol

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 10, 2013
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    by MF(Meditation Falcon…
    • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    • Taken on 2012/10/19 14:03:45
    • Exposure: 0.050s (1/20)
    • Focal Length: 16.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash