After our three hour visit to Maastricht, Holland, it was only natural to drive 20 min east back through Aachen, Germany
The Aachen Cathedral is also called Aachener Dom. The palatine chapel with it’s magnificent octagonal basilica and cupola was built about 790-800 under Emperor Charlemagne.
The cathedral was inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Empire and was greatly enlarged in the Middle Ages. It was a glorious sight, to stand in the middle and look up to the cupola with shining mosaic
Besides Cologne, Aachen Cathedral is one of the most splendid and beautiful church of the past
I highly recommend a Rick Steves “Germany” Book. I would’ve not known about these sights if I would not done some research with these books. It helped me greatly. You can purchase some right here