Aachen Cathedral was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Aachen Cathedral was also the first German building to be included as one of the UNESCO sites and one of three European sites. Part of the reason the church received this designation was because of its rich history and unique architecture. The church served as the coronation church of 37 German kings between 813 and 1513, Karl der Grosse (Charlemagne) is buried here, and attracts many pilgrims. In addition to the UNESCO designation, this is also the oldest church in Germany.

The cathedral is important for students to know about because it depicts a lot of German history. It showcases both Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Charlemagne chose Aachen as his site to build his palace and create the second Rome. Although, it is unknown for sure as to why he came to Aachen. Aachen Cathedral has served as a place for pilgrims to come to since medieval times. Also, every seven years sacred relics are taken out for all to see. Some of these items include textile relics such as Mary's dress, Christ's swaddling clothes and loincloth. Today, people come to see the relics that are leftover from Charlemagne’s life and many tourists come to see the throne in which he sat.

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