|Aachen cathedral from Rathaus|
|View of the cathedral from one of the squares|
|View of the side from a square at the side|
|Present day cathedral Treasury|
The tourist entrance of course is at the side of the tower. Next to the entrance is a window with unusual stone work. It seems to represent a sword or a staff lying on its side. It forms the entrance to a side chapel of significant size that can be seen in front of the tower in the general view of the cathedral.
The surroundings of this window and the one above the tourist entrance show the effects of weaponry upon the side of the building.
|Window above the tower entrance|
The interior is massive, both in terms of its height and its columns. It is highly decorated with lavish use of gold leaf, and paintings.
Of course you must remember this is a re-creation of the dome as the shelling of the allies caused the rooves of the cathedral to collapse. However, a different approach was taken with the windows. They are as in many German churches, 20th century windows.
|Central portion of the nave|
The sides of the nave are richly coloured, but still allows a lot of light into the church because of the extreme height of the windows.
|Left side of the nave|
|Right side of the nave|
|One of the side chapel windows|
This certainly is one of the great cathedrals, and if you are in western Germany, it is worthwhile to visit.