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The Cathedral is an unconstructable building in Age of Empires II. In campaigns, it is used as an aesthetic building for large cities, but often as the focal point of an objective. Cathedrals cannot be built, but are available in the Scenario Editor.

Parts of the Cathedral were used as the basis of two other structures, the original Briton Wonder (now the Aachen Cathedral), which is based on the same building, and the Quimper Cathedral, which originated from the Age of Chivalry: Hegemony mod as Brittany's "Monument".

Campaign appearances[]

Cathedrals appear in the following campaign scenarios.

CampaignIcon-JoanDE Joan of Arc[]

CampaignIcon-BarbarossaDE Barbarossa[]

  • Pope and Antipope - The player must convert the Cathedral in the city of Milan to win the scenario. Destroying it will result in the player's defeat.

Battles of the Conquerors Icon Battles of the Conquerors[]

  • Scn 01 tours normal Tours - The player owns a Cathedral in Tours, where the player may bring the Trade Carts from Poitiers (under Moorish control) to the area outside the Cathedral. However, it is not necessary to keep the Cathedral standing.

Battles of the Forgotten Icon Battles of the Forgotten[]

  • Scn 11 york normal York - There is a Cathedral under the control of Mercia. Destroying it provides a tribute of gold.

CampaignIcon-FranciscoDE Francisco de Almeida[]

  • The Old World: In the HD Edition version of the scenario, there is a Cathedral in Toro, next to a Quimper Cathedral.

El Dorado[]

CampaignIcon-DukesDE The Grand Dukes of the West[]


  • The Cathedral's appearance is based on the historical Aachen Cathedral. A reduced version of the latter served as the Wonder of the Britons until Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, when it was made into an unconstructable building and the Britons were given a new Wonder based on Chichester Cathedral. The Cathedral was the first of the two to be created.
  • The Cathedral is a remnant from the game's early development, when Wonders were planned to be much larger and only one per architecture set, as in the original Age of Empires. Other planned common Wonders were the Selimiye Mosque for the Middle Eastern set (later made into the Mosque and the Wonder of the Turks) and the Temple of Heaven for the East Asian set (later the Wonder of the Chinese).
  • Originally, the Cathedral was so large compared to other buildings that it didn't have graphics for a building foundation, but it received one in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.


Buildings in Age of Empires II
Civilian buildings
EconomicTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · Dock aoe2de Dock · Fish trap aoe2DE Fish Trap · Mill aoe2de Mill · FarmDE Farm · Market aoe2DE Market · Lumber camp aoe2de Lumber Camp · Mining camp aoe2de Mining Camp · Feitoria aoe2DE Feitoria · Folwark Folwark · Ao2de caravanserai icon Caravanserai · AoE2 MuleCart Mule Cart
ResearchBlacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith · University AoE2 DE University
ReligiousAoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery
MiscellaneousHouse aoe2DE House · Wonder aoe2DE Wonder
Military buildings
ProductionBarracks aoe2DE Barracks · Archery range aoe2DE Archery Range · Stable aoe2DE Stable · Siege workshop aoe2DE Siege Workshop · Dock aoe2de Dock
Fortified productionCastle aoe2DE Castle · Harbor aoe2de Harbor · Krepost icon updated Krepost · Aoe2-icon-donjon Donjon
TowerTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · AoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · Outpost aoe2de Outpost · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Watch Tower · Guard Tower icon AoE2DE Guard Tower · Keep icon AoE2DE Keep · Bombard tower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
WallPalisade wall aoe2de Palisade Wall · Palisade gate aoe2DE Palisade Gate · Stone wall aoe2de Stone Wall · Gate aoe2de Gate · Fortified wall aoe2de Fortified Wall · Gate aoe2de Fortified Gate
Scenario Editor buildings
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsBridge · MonasteryAoe2DE Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Dome of the Rock · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · MonasteryAoe2DE Mosque · Pavilion big icon AoE2DE Pavilion · Pyramid aoe2DE Pyramid · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Accursed Tower · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Tower of Flies · Market aoe2DE Trade Workshop · Yurt thatch big aoe2DE Yurt
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsWonder aoe2DE Monument · SeaGateDE Sea Gate · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Sea Tower · Sea Wall icon AoE2DE Sea Wall
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAmphitheatre aoe2DE Amphitheatre · Aqueduct aoe2DE Aqueduct · Wonder aoe2DE Arch of Constantine · Fortified wall aoe2de City Wall · Amphitheatre aoe2DE Colosseum · Keep icon AoE2DE Fire Tower · Palisade wall aoe2de Fortified Palisade Wall · Castle aoe2DE Fortress · Castle aoe2DE Poenari Castle · Wonder aoe2DE Quimper Cathedral · MonasteryAoe2DE Temple of Heaven · Wooden Bridge
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African KingdomsBarricade aoe2DE Barricade · Fence aoe2DE Fence · Accursed tower aoe2DE Fortified Tower · 2de granary new icon Granary · Hut small aoe2DE Hut · Wondericon Palace (removed) · Aoe2de storage icon new Storage · Tent small aoe2DE Tent
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the RajasTent army small aoe2DE Army Tent · Wonder aoe2DE Gol Gumbaz · Wonder aoe2DE Sanchi Stupa
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansWonder aoe2DE Aachen Cathedral · Chain aoe2DE Chain · Gate aoe2de City Gate · Wonder aoe2DE Dormition Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Rock Church · Wonder aoe2DE Sankore Madrasah · MonasteryAoe2DE Shrine · Wonder aoe2DE Tower of London
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the DukesAoe2de pagan shrine icon Pagan Shrine
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of IndiaWonder aoe2DE Minaret of Jam