In front of the Xanten Cathedral there is an obelisk made of trachyte, a volcanic rock. According to the French inscription "simple monument", the simple monument was not erected in 1811 by a ruler from Egypt, the country of origin of the obelisks, but by the small municipality of Xanten. Napoleon I visited the city in October 1811 because it was under French rule from 1794 to 1814. In the cloister of the monastery, Napoleon disliked the simple tomb of canon Cornelis de Pauw, who died in 1799, and he ordered his to be reburied in what was then the cemetery west of the cathedral and the deceased monastery librarian to be honored with an obelisk.
August 31, 2022
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