Aachen is on the extreme westernmost part of Germany, right on the Belgium border. The French call it Aix or Aix La Chapelle. It's importance in European history is that it was the capital of the empire built by Charlemagne. Seated right in the center of the town is the cathedral of Aachen which started out as the palatine chapel for Charlemagne's palace. The romanesque architecture is still there from the time it was built.
There are gothic additions to the original church, but the church is the oldest church in northern Europe dating from the 800s. Five years ago I discussed that I minimally had 6,000 lines from Charlemagne and possibly as much as 10,000. So part of this pilgrimage was to see the old man himself:
There he is (or what's left of him). The tour guide mentioned that no DNA tests had been performed since Charlemagne left over 20 children and most of western Europe descends from him. However, scientific studies were done of the bones and they determined the person was over 7 feet tall, as Charlemagne was, and there's every reason to believe this is him.
So how's that for a grave hunt. Finding someone who died 1201 years ago. He was put in the elaborate coffin by Frederick Barbarossa, another ancestor of mine.