Monday, September 6, 2010

MyWorld Tuesday

Last week I went to Aachen in Germany just across the border. It is a very old and historic city. The centre of the city is the Aachener Dom (cathedral) of which I will show some photos. Aachen has been severely bombed by the Allied Forces during WW2 but as a wonder the cathedral survived. It has been damaged several times but a group of brave teenagers kept guard during the war and extinguished each and every fire that they discovered.
Construction of the oldest part of the church started in 792, the octagon that is now the centre of the building. The cathedral is so huge that I could not take a picture of the complete church. We also couldn't get in because there was some work going on at the entrance. I would have liked to take pictures of the fantastic windows from the inside.





A bronze model of the front of the cathedral. The copper plate on the base is in braille.


The back with a plate with normal lettering


Last view from the parking lot

16 comments:

Carver said...

What a great series of shots from the beautiful cathedral and city.

Thanks for visiting mine and to answer your question, yes the green trails criss cross the city. There are areas of the greenway system in the suburban part where the forest covers enough land that there are some woodland walks with a nice chunk of forest. However, the trail I photographed for that post has houses just beyond a fairly narrow strip of trees on each side of the creek. One branch of the trail actually goes to a large shopping mall in a commercial area so it's pretty deceptive in terms of having a forest feel but being in the city.

J Bar said...

That's really interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rajesh said...

Beautiful cathedral. The architecture is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

Wow - so old an yet so magnificent! Fabulous shots of a lovely building.

Lew said...

Great shots of this cathedal! The old cathedrals and castles of Europe that have stood for centuries are amazing.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Mooie serie van Aken, ben er nog nooit geweest interesante stad zo te zien

Groeten, Bram

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Simone de Klerk said...

Wat een mooie shots. Vooral die met de moderne gebouwen erbij bevalt me erg goed. Ik hou wel van oud en nieuw samen. Heel indrukwekkend!

Indrani said...

Great series of well taken shots.

Eden said...

Amazing architecture. What a beautiful place to visit! Great photos. thank you for sharing.

Marina said...

I was there too!!! We went to Aachen last Saturday. The church was beautiful especially with the night lighting. Unfortunatelly we didn't see the small model and by the time we arrived the shops were closed so I didn't find something to buy as a souvenire.

fRANK d said...

incredible buildings. It would awesome to do a photoshoot there. Thanks for the share.

Riet said...

Wat een prachtige stad is Aken Jossie en je hebt zulke mooie foto's gemaakt. Erg mooie kathedraal

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Cybele: Wonderful photos of this neat building.

Al said...

Great shots. You show the grandeur of that cathedral very well.

EG Wow said...

How wonderful that teenagers helped save this cathedral from total ruin during the war! How sad that so much history can be so easily destroyed during times of war!

Robyn said...

Wow, isn't it beautiful??!!!
Such a work of art and thankfully those wonderful teenagers preserved something stunning!! Good on them!
Love your photos Joss!! xx