While heading towards the Aachen’s Dom, one can easily spot a small church, which is an authentic oasis in the middle of the city. The church name is St. Nicholas, a former monastery.
The church was first mentioned in 1005. It impresses with its relaxed Gothic architectural style. The church has got a spacious gothic hall with large windows and a long choir as a praying area.
The windows enable the daylight to get through, filter it and create a bright and warm place.
Over the past years the church has become a cultural space, accommodating cultural events, including concerts.
During its long life of more than thousand years, the church passed through a number of changes until 2002, when the monument became a place that unifies both Protestants and Catholics of the city.
In 1944 a number of war bombs significantly affected the church and the renovation work took some time.
We could not see the famous church altar, which was destroyed by a firework rocket during the New Year night of 2010-2011. The altar is being renovated, we were told, and will preserve its initial sumptuous wooden structure. We hope to be able to see it soon.
What to see inside the Church
Aachen, St. Nicholas Church, Madonna with a halo
Aachen, St. Nicholas Church, The pulpit (a raised stand in a church)
Aachen, St. Nicholas Church’s left side altar
Aachen, Umbrella monument in front of the St. Nicholas Church
Aachen, Gothic columns in St. Nicholas Church
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