Palace and Palantine Chapel, Aachen, ca. 790-805 Architect: Odo of Metz
This is Charlamain's complex. There was a big horse statue up the front. This was imitating the Papal Palace. This palace had the roman idea of an audience hall. This palace separated the royalty from the common people by using elevated walkways that raised Charlamain above the common people. Inside, it is Octiginal. Lots of gothic architecture has been added to the outside. Has examples of Opus Sectili. A technique where you take marble and stone and cut it to form different shapes and fit them together. This is a revival of this technique from an earlier period. Second level has a gallery and then another "sham" gallery above that. Arches don't need support, they are just decorative. Dedicated to Mary. Top has the 4 evangelists and 24 elders of the apocalypse. This is a very tall building but not very wide. The marble throne has 4 steps to mimic Soloman's. Charlemain would have looked down into the nave at the apse.