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Religious decoration

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The chapel’s original cupola mosaic was supposedly a depiction of Christ enthroned, in purple robes and surrounded by the 24 elders from the Book of Revelation. Foreign artists, brought to Aachen by Charlemagn­e, most likely made this mosaic, although it doesn’t survive today. Instead, the mosaic that now decorates the chapel is a 19th-century re-creation by Antonio Salviati, following the designs of Belgian architect Jean-baptiste de Bethune.

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