Aa·chen (äkən, äən) also Aix-la-Cha·pelle (āks′lä-shə-pĕl, ĕks′-)
A city of western Germany near the Belgian and Dutch borders. Charlemagne may have been born here in 742; he later made the city his northern capital.
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