Aachen is a small German city located just across the border from Limburg in the province of North Rhine-Westphalia. Though we only spent an afternoon there, I was quite charmed by it and I particularly enjoyed the Aachen Dam. The mosaic tile decor in natural and geometric patterns was very striking and unusual imagery for a Catholic church.
The Aachen Cathedral was built in 805 C.E., making it the oldest cathedral in Northern Europe. It was built under the order of Emperor Charlemagne and he was later buried there. Until 1531 it served as the location for the coronation of more than 40 German monarchs. Today it still houses historic treasures such as the Throne of Charlemagne, Barbarossa Chandelier and Marienschrien (a reliquary containing four relics including Christ's loincloth), among other things.