The equestrian statue of Charlemagne (1725), which portrays the eponymous Holy Roman Emperor, was commissioned by Pope Clement XI (r. 1700-1721) and carved by the sculptor Agostino Cornacchini (1686–1754).
The statue of Charlemagne, which acts as a pendant to Bernini's statue of Constantine the Great, stands to the left of the portico of St Peter's Basilica.
Charlemagne (742-814), king of the Franks, was crowned emperor in the old St Peter's Basilica on Christmas Day, in the year 800.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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