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Aachen, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,
N 50° 46.571 E 006° 05.030
32U E 294408 N 5628990
Quick Description: DE: Aachener Rathaus am Markt. EN: Town hall of Aachen at the marketplace.
Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Date Posted: 3/24/2017 8:40:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMVAKH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 12

Long Description:
DE:
Karl der Große ließ Ende des 8. Jahrhunderts an dieser Stelle eine Königshalle als Teil seiner Pfalz erbauen, von der heute noch einige Bauteile erhalten sind. Sichtbarstes Beispiel ist der Granusturm an der Ostseite, der noch bis zu einer Höhe von 20 m im karolingischen Originalzustand erhalten ist. Im 14. Jahrhundert wurde durch die Bürgerschaft der freien Reichsstadt Aachen auf den Resten der Königshalle ein Rathaus im gotischen Stil errichtet. Das heutige Erscheinungsbild ist das Ergebnis zahlreicher Umbauten.

Von 936 bis 1531 feierten die deutschen Könige in der karolingischen Königshalle bzw. im Festsaal des Rathauses ihre Krönungsmähler. Das Rathaus ist Sitz des Oberbürgermeisters und des Rates der Stadt Aachen. Seit 1950 wird im Krönungssaal alljährlich der Internationale Karlspreis an Persönlichkeiten verliehen, sie sich um die Einigung Europas verdient gemacht haben.

Die Stadt Aachen liegt etwa 65 Kilometer westlich von Köln und grenzt sowohl an Belgien als auch an die Niederlande - der Dreiländerpunkt ist gerade einmal 5 Kilometer vom Aachener Zentrum entfernt. Ihr bekanntestes Denkmal ist der 795 bis 803 errichtete Aachener Dom, der seit 1978 als UNESCO-Welterbe klassifiziert ist. Von großer Bedeutung für das moderne Aachen ist die Technische Hochschule RWTH. Bei Reitsportfreunden ist Aachen dagegen international als Austragungsort der CHIO bekannt, einem der wichtigsten Pferdesport-Turniere.



EN:
At the end of the 8th century, Charlemagne had a King's Hall built on this site as part of his palace complex, of which some structural elements are still preserved today. The most conspicuous example is the Granus Tower on the east side: up to a height of 20 metres the tower is still preserved in its original Carolingian state. In the 14th century, the citizens of the free imperial city of Aachen built a Gothic-style town hall upon the remains of the King's Hall. Its present-day appearance is the result of numerous renovations and restorations.

From 936 to 1531, the German kings held their coronation banquets in the original Carolingian Hall of the Town Hall. The Town Hall is the official seat of the Lord Mayor and the Aachen city council. Since 1950, the Coronation Hall has been the venue for the annual award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize, which is conferred on personalities for outstanding services rendered to the cause of European unification.

The city of Aachen is located about 65 kilometers west of Cologne and borders on Belgium as well as on the Netherlands - the tripoint lays just about 5 kilomters from the center of Aachen. Its most famous monument is the cathedral Aachener Dom, which was built from 795 to 803 and is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1978. For the modern city of Aachen the technical college RWTH is of great importance. Among equitation interested people Aachen is internationally famous for the venue of the CHIO, one of the most important equestrian sport tournements.



Text in parts taken from the information sign at the town hall.

More information (in German):
City of Aachen
Aachen - Wikipedia
City hall of Aachen - Wikipedia
This waymark is also listed in the category Deutsche Denkmallisten - German Monument Registers.
This waymark is also listed in the category Gothic Architecture.
Name: Aachener Rathaus

Address:
Markt
Aachen, Germany
52062


Date of Construction: 14th century

Web Site for City/Town/Municipality: [Web Link]

Architect: Not listed

Memorials/Commemorations/Dedications: Not listed

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