The Devil's Footprint: A German Cathedral's 600-Year-Old Deal With Satan

By | August 8, 2020

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Frauenkirche, with its twin towers, stands out along the Munich skyline. circa 1960. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Inside a massive Gothic church in Germany, you can literally walk in the footsteps of the devil. The huge, 600-year-old church, called Frauenkirche or the Church of Our Lady, has a long and storied history as well as one truly unique feature: an image of the devil's own footprint. Supposedly, anyway.

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An imprint in the tile of the Munich church is said to be the devil's own footprint. (

First, A Bit About The Church

The twin towers of the Church of Our Lady have loomed over the city of Munich since 1488, making it the second-oldest church in Munich. It serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and the burial sites of King Ludwig III, the last Bavarian king, and Holy Roman Emperor Louis VI. The church is rather plain in comparison to the ornate Gothic architecture of the day, which is part of the church's unique story.