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Aachen Cathedral: Choir Hall
Originally being Charlemagne's sanctuary and palace chapel, this church has been extended through many centuries. For several hundred years the kings and emperors of Germany had been crowned here.
The shrine of Our Lady (behind the altar), ordered by the chapter of the cathedral in 1220 and finished in 1239, is one of the greatest gold works of the 13th century. Formed like a single-nave basilica with a short transept, it bears more than 1000 gems. Figurines of the apostles can be found as well depictions of the Christ, Mary with baby Jesus, Pope Leo III, and Charlemagne. The shrine's roof depicts scenes from the life of Jesus.
The shrine contains four important relics, making it an important destination for pilgrims. Up to the beginning of the 19th century it also contained the 'Noli me tangere' (Don't touch me) - box with its mysterious content.