Allied bombing during Wirld War II caused the roof to collapse while also damaging the church’s interior and one of the towers. Due to a lack of any local stone pits, restoration work following the War made use of easily accessible red bricks, giving the church its distinctive coloring.
Inside the main entrance, a black mark on the floor, in the shape of a foot, is known as the “Devil’s Footprint.” Legend states that when the Devil entered the church, he ridiculed it for being “windowless”, only to learn that the builder had tricked him by hiding the windows behind a row of supporting columns. Becoming angry at this deception, the Devil stomped his foot, leaving the mark on the floor. At least, that’s how the story goes.
Magnificent artwork from the 14th to the 18th centuries adorn the church’s interior. One of the main attractions of the Cathedral is the tomb monument of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emporer of the region.
This beautiful landmark Cathedral is considered to be a symbol of this Bavarian capital city. We loved it.