Thursday, February 08, 2007

Ambo in Aachen Cathedral

Aachen, (Dutch Aken, French Aix-la-Chapelle, Latin Aquisgranum) is a spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km to the west of Cologne.

The Aachen Cathedral, frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral" (in German: Kaiserdom) is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. Charlemagne began the construction of the Palatine Chapel in 786. When he died in 814, he was buried in his own cathedral, and his bones are still preserved in a special shrine

The ambo is of gilded copper with precious stones and dates from the 12th century. It was erected by the Emperor Henry II.