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Aachen Cathedral

Charlemagne (Karl der Grosse in German), the first Holy Roman Emperor, began building his Palatine Chapel (palace chapel) in 786 AD. The Palatine Chapel has been described as a "masterpiece of Carolingian architecture" and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. It is all that remains today of Charlemagne's extensive palace complex in Aachen.
The Palatine Chapel was designed by Odo of Metz. He based it on the Byzantine church of San Vitale (completed 547 AD) in Ravenna, Italy. This accounts for the very eastern feel to the chapel, with its octagonal shape, striped arches, marble floor, golden mosaics, and ambulatory. It was consecrated in 805 to serve as the imperial church.

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chris morton17-Jul-2013 09:51
very nice rendering of the statues and carvings
Margot W17-Jul-2013 04:45
Wonderful old building. Full of interest.
Carol Rollins16-Jul-2013 13:39
This is a very impressive shot of this beautiful cathedral. Excellent exposure and composition with wonderful detail. ~
Graeme16-Jul-2013 10:42
Great composition of this cathedral, Jose.BV
Tom LeRoy16-Jul-2013 07:12
Excellent details in your capture! V
janescottcumming16-Jul-2013 00:02
I really like how you added a touch of green from the tree. A fantastic building. V
MarcViskens15-Jul-2013 19:43
very nice shot José
Fabienne15-Jul-2013 19:15
Belle architecture, c'est un beau plan pour nous montrer les détails.
Helen Betts15-Jul-2013 18:52
Detail is excellent and an excellent close view of this beautiful cathedral. V.
Ton T.15-Jul-2013 18:45
Impressive image of an impressive building Jose! V+
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