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Carolingian Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 4 Carolingian sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Aachen Cathedral
    Aachen, Germany
    Commissioned by Charlemagne in 786 AD, Aachen's cathedral is the oldest in Northern Europe and contains several holy relics.
  • Germigny-des-Pres Oratory
    Germigny-des-Pres, France
    This Carolingian oratory near Orléans was built in 806 by Bishop Theodulf, Charlemagne's adviser. Containing rare Byzantine mosaics, it is one of the oldest and most unique churches in France.
  • Martinskirche
    Linz, Austria
    Founded by Charlemagne, the 8th-century Church of St. Martin in Linz is the oldest church in Austria that still retains most of its original form.
  • St-Philibert-de-Grand-Lieu
    France
    St-Philibert is a Carolingian church dating from 814-39. It was a monastery and pilgrimage site until 858, when it was sacked by the Vikings. The sarcophagus of St. Philibert (839) can still be seen in the crypt.