Aachen Cathedral

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationState of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
CoordinatesN50 46 28 E6 5 4
Inscription Date1978
Minor Modifications2013
Property (ha)0.2
Buffer Zone (ha)67
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number3
DescriptionConstruction of this palatine chapel, with its octagonal basilica and cupola, began c. 790–800 under the Emperor Charlemagne. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Roman Empire, it was splendidly enlarged in the Middle Ages.
StatusWorld Heritage Site