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Munich

The Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady is one of Munich’s most noted landmarks and located close to the Marienplatz in the pedestrian zone. The two imposing oxidized copper onion-shaped domes atop the two 98-meter-high spires can be seen from many parts of the city, and its eight bells have a wonderful ring. The foundation stone was laid by Duke Sigismund, in 1468 and completed in 1488, of simple fairly monotonous red brick in a late Gothic style. It was extensively damaged during the Second World War, but the two towers are original. The building measures 109 meters high and is 40 meters wide. Its distinctive domes, which were built in 1525 served as a model for many of Bavaria's towers. The church is huge but simple. Much of the original gothic interior has been destroyed or removed partially by contra-reformists. In the crypt, you will find the tombs of the Wittelsbach family, where many dukes and bishops are buried. One of the most interesting things inside the church is the memorial grave in black marble of Prince Elector Kurfürst Maximilian I. Many foreigners seem more interested in finding the mark left by the devil’s right foot! This mark, resembling a footprint with a small hooked tail at the heel, is in the floor close to the main rear entrance, more or less in line with the gift shop. If you stand at this spot, it is impossible to see any of the side windows, which let in the ample amount of light. According to tradition, the church builder, Joerg von Halspach, bet the devil that he would build a windowless church and when the devil stood at this spot and realized he was duped. . .

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