God, no pun intended 🙄😅 am I loving sorting my photos, so many amazing places I’ve been!
Palatine Chapel in Aachen, Germany
This amazing place is an Early Medieval Chapel and remaining component a King named Charlemange, formerly known as his Palace of Aachen in what is now Germany
Also known as, Charles the Great, Charles I, he served as king of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of the Romans from 800… busy guy right?!?
He is often called the “father of Europe,” and in France and Germany and is celebrated as an iconic figure due to the work he did merging and communicating between Western Europe
Beautiful isn’t it?? I’d have to say its kinda cool right?!?
Although the palace itself no longer exists, the chapel was preserved and now forms the central part of Aachen Cathedral
If you’re into medieval History and Architecture, this place is a must visit!!! Looking around here you will find yourself transported back in time and history
Be sure to bring a camera and capture the moments
Located Centrally in the Middle of Aachen
It is known as Aachen’s major landmark and a central monument of the Carolingian Renaissance
What a perfect place to stop and grab some beautiful photos on your trip into the city!!
This area in particular is surrounded by many local diners and stores which also makes it a perfect place to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the city, grab a coffee, have lunch with family, or shop one of the many unique boutiques
We stopped here in the middle of the day, the chapel was quiet with a few other people stopping in the adore the beauty of the place
History Behind this Landmark?
The construction of the Palatine Chapel around 792, along with the building of the rest of the palace structures
In 805AD, it was consecrated by Pope Leo III in honor of the Virgin Mary
Until 1531, it served as the coronation throne of the Kings of Germany, being used at a total of thirty-one coronations
The four columns of the stone podium could represent the world ruled by the temporal sovereign with its four elements (fire, water, air, and earth), its four seasons, and its four cardinal directions
But most importantly it represents the 4 Rivers which join together around Aachen making it a very unique place to visit which can be found depicted on one of the ceilings in the chapel
Entrance is Free, if wanting to take photos they may ask you to pay 2 Euros
While visiting Aachen, be sure to check out the mineral springs. If you hadn’t yet already smelled the sulfur lingering through the city
This area of Germany sits in a very unique place and is actually what brought Aachen its name
It is rumored that these mineral waters surrounding the area were believed to have healed the King from various ailments he had been suffering from when he arrived to the area
This is thought to be the reason he chose this location to build his palace
Want to get in the mineral springs and test the water yourself?!
Look for bathing house Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen built along the path of the Mineral Springs
They have both indoor and outdoor bathing areas available