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Karl der Große

Bust of Charles the Great (Karl der Große, Charlemagne, Karolus Magnus), Treasury of the Aachen Cathedral, Germany


Karl was born 742 near Herestal/Belgium, became franconian King on 10/9/768 and emperor of the holy roman empire in 12/25/800. He died on 1/28/814 and is burried in the cathedral of Aachen - the capital of his empire. His empire included most of western europe, including todays france, germany and italy.

The bust was created in 1349 , commissioned by Karl IV. The crown was used at the coronation of Karl IV. The head of the bust contains the skullcap of Charles the Great. The bust shows the eagle as symbol of the holy roman empire and the french lilies.

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Taken on December 28, 2010