"The Ingelheim imperial palace was built at the end of the 8th century by Charlemagne as a palace complex. It served him and a total of 21 other medieval rulers as a place of government. In the Middle Ages, the empire was not governed from a capital or permanent residence, but the rulers traveled permanently through the country. For them, the Palatinates were not just accommodation, but above all representative places to exercise their power.
The Ingelheim Palatinate held a special position. Karl's biographer Einhard described her as "the most magnificent Palatinate alongside Aachen and Nijmegen". Their architecture was unique, in which Charlemagne was inspired by ancient Roman villas and palaces. He underlined that he saw himself in the tradition of the great Roman rulers.
The imperial palace Ingelheim was the scene of numerous imperial assemblies and synods with high secular and ecclesiastical representatives. Trials, ceremonial coronations, baptisms, weddings and abdications took place.
Under the Ottonians in the 10th and early 11th centuries, the Palatinate peaked as a preferred place to stay and gather. Rulers have never resided here so often before or after. During this time, the hall church was built in the course of extensive renovations, in which magnificent church festivals were celebrated.
In the 12th century, the appearance of the Palatinate changed significantly: The Staufer converted the representative, openly designed building complex into a fortified complex. A defensive wall, defensive towers and a moat filled with water were supposed to protect the Palatinate from attacks and thus secure the Staufen territorial policy. "(Source: kaiserpfalz-ingelheim.de/ueberblick_kaiserpfalz_im_mittelalter.php). The best restored remains are worth seeing.
June 12, 2020
The entire Palatinate complex is embedded in a residential area, so that there are interesting views at many corners, which are not always easy to recognize or find, however, it is best to start the tour at the market square, where there is an audio guide in the visitor center.
June 21, 2020
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