Located on the Market square in the heart of the old town, it is the oldest fountain in the city and a town's landmark.
Originally placed in 1334, the fountain was remodelled and the statue of Charlemagne (Karl der Grosse) and the bronze bowl were added in 1620.
The fountain was extended in 1735 to the version as we see it today.
During World War II, the fountain was dismounted and hidden. The figure was stored in the Town Hall and the bronze bowl was buried on a nearby field. The fountain was reconstructed in 1948.
King Charlemagne has been crowned Imperator in 800 which laid the foundation for the western medieval empire. The imperial residence was Aachen, where Charlemagne also died in 814. He was one of the most important sovereigns in history and has significantly impacted the history of Aachen.
Fun & Interesting
The statue of Charlemagne we can see today isn't the original anymore. In 1969 it was decided to replace it with a replica to preserve this precious piece of history. The original is displayed in the Town Hall and can be visited.
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