Five minutes from the lively Marienplatz stands Munich's very bare and austere cathedral. The impressive carillon from the two medieval bell towers, which both contain ten bells, impose their sacred harmony over the city.
The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was built in red brick in 1468. Its two Late Gothic towers dominate the city. Lacking money, the city chose to cover them with Renaissance domes, instead of open-worked spires, 37 years after their construction, and modeled them on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
The view from the top of the south tower is breath-taking. At the entrance to the nave, one can put one's shoe in the Teufelstritt, (Devil's Footprint), a black mark said to have been made by the devil himself when he stood at the door and ridiculed the ‘windowless' church.
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