Charlemagne's Chapel at his Court in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle)

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Only few dates are known about when Charlemagne ordered the building of the Palace Chapel.  In 786-787 A.D. Pope Hadrian authorized Charlemagne to transport marble from Italy to Aachen. In 798, the "precious" ancient columns were erected in the church. The delivery of the relics in 799 / 800 assured the completion of the building.  Its inauguration by Pope Leo III in 805, however, is a legend.

View of the church as it looks today.   After Charlemagne, later additions to the church completely surrounded the Palace Chapel.  This throne was used by Charlemagne and his successors

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