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Charlemagne

Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, was the King of the Franks from 768, the King of Italy from 774, and from 800 the first emperor in western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state he founded is called the Carolingian Empire. (wiki)

Connected Sites

  • Aachen Cathedral He was buried in the Cathedral (814). He also began the construction of its Palatine Chapel around 796. Link
  • Abbey and Altenm├╝nster of Lorsch He was present at the consecration of the monastery church
  • Benedictine Convent of St. John ...was founded around 775, probably on the orders of Charlemagne. (AB Ev.)
  • Ravenna Charlemagne's Palatine Chapel both uses San Vitale in Ravenna as a partial model and inspiration and incorporates materials taken on Charlemagne's orders from Ravenna . "Charlemagne visited Ravenna three times, the first in 787. In that year he wrote to Pope Hadrian I and requested "mosaic, marbles, and other materials from floors and walls in Rome and Ravenna, for his palace" ... The Chapel of San Vitale makes use of ancient spolia conceivably from Ravenna (Einhard claimed they were from Rome and Ravenna), as well as newly carved materials." Wiki (Einhard was a servant to and wrote a biography of Charlemagne)
  • Reims Palais du Tau holds the "Talisman of Charlemagne", buried with him at Aix-la-Chapelle, in 814, and re-discovered when the tomb was opened by Otto III in 1000. The talisman was then preserved in the treasury of the Reims Cathedral. Link
  • Rome The church of Santo Stefano was established by Charlemagne in the 9th century. (Wiki)
  • Vatican City the Pope crowned him Imperator Romanorum ("Emperor of the Romans") in Saint Peter's Basilica (wiki) - in 800

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