Aachen City Hall/Aachener Rathaus

The Aachen City Hall was built in the 14th century (in 1349) by the Aachen citizenry on the foundation walls of the former Aula Regia in the Königspfalz/the Aachen Palace where the coronation feast/Krönungsmahl as part of the coronation ceremony of the Holy Roman Emperor took place.

In the 18th century, the chief Aachen architect, Johann Joseph Couven, redesigned the building in the Baroque style. This style is still preserved in two of the rooms on the lower floor:

Sitzungssaal des Stadtrates, Rathaus Aachen

Sitzungssaal des Stadtrates, Rathaus Aachen (2)

The Assembly Hall of the City Council/Sitzungssaal des Stadtrates with vault frescoes from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Weisser Saal, Rathaus Aachen

Weisser Saal, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Weisser Saal, Rathaus Aachen (3)

Weisser Saal, Rathaus Aachen (4)

And the White Hall/Weisser Saal – the Town Hall’s small celebration hall with stuccowork from 1730.

Werkmeistergericht, Rathaus Aachen

Werkmeistergericht, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Werkmeistergericht, Rathaus Aachen (3)

Werkmeistergericht, Rathaus Aachen (4)

Werkmeistergericht, Rathaus Aachen (5)

The Master Craftsmen’s Court/Werkmeistergericht, where the master craftsmen of the clothmaker’s guild inspected the quality of Aachen cloth destined for export. It is designed in the Aachen-Liège Baroque style from the 18th century.

Werkmeisterküche, Rathaus Aachen

Werkmeisterküche, Rathaus Aachen (3)

Werkmeisterküche, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Werkmeisterküche, Rathaus Aachen (5)

Werkmeisterküche, Rathaus Aachen (4)

The Master Craftsmen’s Kitchen/Werkmeisterküche with a fireplace from 1668.

Roter Saal, Rathaus Aachen

Roter Saal, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Roter Saal, Rathaus Aachen (4)

Roter Saal, Rathaus Aachen (3)

The Peace Hall/Red Hall, Friedenssaal/Roter Saal envisaged for the Peace Congress of 1748.

Kroenungssaal, Rathaus Aachen

The Coronation Hall/Krönungssaal. After the reconstruction of the building in the 14th century, the Coronation Hall takes up the whole upper floor.

Kroenungssaal, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Kroenungssaal, Rathaus Aachen (3)

Kroenungssaal, Rathaus Aachen (4)

The 5 of 9 preserved huge frescoes date from 1847-1861 and represent scenes from the life of Charlemagne.

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In a bay, behind a glass are shown the replicas of the Imperial Regalia from the Viennese Imperial Treasury, made in 1915.

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A copy of the prominent Holy Lance from the 8th/9th century and of the Imperial Cross from around 1030.

I just don’t want to write here something about the mysterious Holy Lance because there is so much information in so many books and even available on the internet, so I don’t want to make a sketchy mention of a theme that is so deep and interesting.

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The Imperial Gospel Book from around 1500.

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The Imperial Orb from the last quarter of the 12th century.

Reichskrone, Rathaus Aachen

Reichskrone, Rathaus Aachen (2)

The Imperial Crown from the second half of the 10th century.

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St. Stephen’s Purse from the first third of the 9th century.

Rathaus Aachen

The City Hall, seen from Katschhof Square during the time of the Christmas market.

Rathaus Aachen (2)

The Aachener Printenmann representing the prominent Aachener Printen. I don’t know if you too have watched „The Brothers Grimm“ Movie, but I find these figures a bit scary.

Karlsbrunnen, Rathaus Aachen (2)

Der Karlsbrunnen or the Fountain of Charlemagne in front of the Town Hall is the oldest fountain in Aachen and it dates before 1334.

Karlsbrunnen, Rathaus Aachen

The figure of Charlemagne dates from 1620 and was cast in Dinant.

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