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Aachener Dom - Cathedral, Aachen: 64 reviews and 175 photos


In 800 A.D., the heavy bronze doors of the Cathedral were cast in one piece in Aachen. There is a legend concerning the construction of the Cathedral that relates to the lion's head on the right-hand door. According to legend, the city fathers of Aachen asked the devil for help when they ran into financial difficulties with the Cathedral's construction. The devil agreed, but required the soul of the first person to enter the Cathedral as his compensation. The devil specifically had the bishop in mind who would be the first to step inside the building during the inauguration ceremony. The Aachen citizens devised a plan to trick the devil, and instead chased a wolf through the portal instead of a person. When the wolf entered, the devil tore its soul out. Then, after realizing the trick, the devil ran off in a rage and slammed the doors shut with such force that not only did he crack the right-hand door but he also caught his thumb in it. According to the story, one can still feel the devil's thumb inside the lion's mouth. If you stand outside of the Cathedral doors, you will see many visitors feel inside the lion's mouth to see if the legend is true.

Address: Domhof 1, 52062 Aachen,
Directions: Historical city centre
Phone: +49 241 47709127
Website: https://www.aachenerdom.de

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  • Written Jun 21, 2008
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