Legend has it that during the construction of the Trier Cathedral under the Roman Empress and Saint Helena (around 250 to 328) and her son, the Emperor Constantine the Great (around 275 to 337, Roman Emperor of 306-337), the devil himself with a ruse for help.
The architect had come up with a ruse for fear of a timely completion of the cathedral. He told the devil that the world's largest tavern would be built here and asked him if he could help with the transport of four large and heavy pillars needed from the distant Odenwald. Pleased with the sinfulness of this construction project, the corpse immediately agreed and also brought a column every week.
However, when the devil arrived to complete the cathedral with the last pillar, the bishop inaugurated the building as a church. The huntslider threw the last pillar on the walls of the cathedral, where it broke and remained in front of the entrance until today.
December 27, 2017
In front of the mighty west facade of the Trier Cathedral lies the so-called "Domstein", a four-meter-long black-gray diorite column that has been split in two and weighs around 65 tons.
A legend with the devil himself as an actor has grown up around this pillar from the existing building.
May 3, 2020
The cathedral, made of Kordel sandstone, was badly damaged in the Second World War, but could be rebuilt relatively quickly. Above all, large parts of the cloister, the roof and vaults of the healing chapel and the roofs of the west towers were destroyed. The vaults of the cathedral were preserved, so that the damage to the furnishings was limited. The most important altars of the cathedral were also protected by cladding or walling.
Some of the war damage was repaired on a provisional basis, as plans for a redesign had been pursued for a long time, particularly in the area of the high altar, but these could not be implemented due to the war. In addition, it became apparent at the end of the 1950s that there were apparently considerable structural difficulties that could not be remedied with only superficial repairs. The cause was the rotten oak piles of the pile foundations of the late antique component due to the lowering of the groundwater level, but also the numerous renovations in later centuries.
February 6, 2021
The Trier Cathedral of St. Peter is not only the oldest church in Germany, but also the oldest building in Germany, which has served its original purpose as a bishop's church without interruption in its 1700-year history and is still used today. From its oldest building core, the "square building" from the 4th century, to the present of the 21st century, all phases of the history of construction, art and belief in Europe can be traced back.
July 14, 2021
The oldest high episcopal church in Germany, right next to the oldest gothic Liebfrauenkirche. The high cathedral is directly adjacent to the cloister to the Liebfrauenkirche and you can explore the cloister with the beautiful garden wonderful and take in yourself.
July 16, 2018
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