Aachen Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. Charlemagne began the construction of the Palatine Chapel, the heart of the structure, at the end of the 8th century. It is…
Aachen Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. Charlemagne began the construction of the Palatine Chapel, the heart of the structure, at the end of the 8th century. It is the coronation church of more than 30 German kings, burial site of Charlemagne, major pilgrimage church and since 1930 cathedral church of the Aachen diocese. In 1978 it was the first German building to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Finally, after completing two decades of restoration work on the outside of the impressive structure in 2006, restorations on the precious inside finally began.
Over 2,000 m² of marble within the Palatine Chapel, also known as the Octagon for its distinctive octagonal central area, are encrusted by a stubborn layer of dirt, soot, and grease. Additionally, the combination of humidity and carbon dioxide has weathered the marble over the years. The marble slabs have been used as flooring, wall panels, columns -which were shipped from the ancient buildings of Rome and Ravenna- as well as a marble throne.
The restoration work of some parts of the marble has begun. First it is mechanically re-polished, and then three coats of Lithofin MN Polish Cream are applied. These steps clean and protect the stone surface. At the planned completion of the work in 2011, a total of approx. 2,400 m² will have been treated in this way.
Marble floors, walls, columns and the throne
Total of approx. 2,500 m² (approx. 27,000 sq. ft)
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