We arrived in
Beatrix and I walked around quite a bit and then made it to the Aachen Dom. After looking around the first floor, Beatrix suggested that we take the tour, which I agreed to do. Unfortunately the tour was in German and this time I understood about as much, or maybe even less, than the documentary on gorillas in the
Housed at the Aachen Dom were some amazing artifacts. The first is the sarcophagus of Charlemagne, including his actual remains. A funny fact: 90 of his bones are all that remain because the church, in times on need in the past, sold them off and put a small slip of paper in each one’s place explaining that it was necessary for the financial stability of the church, but to never do it again.
There was also a vessel of like construction dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Inside it was said to hold a dress of Mary’s, Jesus’ nappies (I assume baby clothes), a loin cloth of Jesus, and “the decapitation cloth” of John the Baptist. There were figurines carved into both vessels and Beatrix noted that on one side of Charlemagne’s sarcophagus, there was a carving of Charlemagne in the middle, with the pope and the Holy Roman Emperor on each side. It was noted that Charlemagne’s carving was taller. Each carving sat in an archway. The way the figurines were depicted, the pope and the HRE had to bow their head slightly downward and in the direction of Charlemagne because of the height of their arches. Beatrix noted that this was done on purpose to indicate that Charlemagne was greater than both the Pope and the HRE and it was a political slap in both of their faces.
I also had the chance to see the Imperial Throne of the Franks. Many German kings sat upon this throne and possibly even Charlemagne, himself. It is said that the stone and wood construction is believed to be made of materials that were transported from
After the Aachen Dom, we walked around
At , Patrick (a German who speaks English with a Scottish accent) dropped Frau Canavan and I off at the
The event ended at and Frau Canavan and I walked around
After making it back to Kamp-Lintfort, I am calling it a night. Tomorrow Heinrick Lemm is taking Frau Canavan and I to the