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"The tomb of Henry II and his wife Kunigunde" Bamberg Things to Do Tip by magor65

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Henry II (973-1024), the last Roman emperor of the Ottonian dynasty, was the only German king to have been canonized. He founded the cathedral of Bamberg and after his death his body was buried here. Henry II and his wife Kunigunde were a pious couple. They died childless, as they are said to have made vows of eternal chastity. There is a legend connected with the burial of the empress, who died some years after her husband. When the tomb was opened, people standing around could see that there was the room for the body only to the left of the emperor, which meant that Kunigunde would have to be laid on the opposite side to that shown on the cover. Suddenly, the voice was heard: "Virgin, make way for the virgin" and at that moment the corpse of the emperor moved to make room for his wife. According to another legend, Kunigunde had to prove her chastity by walking on the red-hot plow blades, the test she obviously passed unharmed.
Coming back to the tomb - the bas-reliefs on its sides depict the scenes of the life and death of the pious couple like f.e. the weighing of the Emperor's soul after his death or the test of Kunigunde's chastity.

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  • Written Oct 30, 2009
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