The town’s most majestic edifice has towered over the Domplatz since the 13th century, though its formidable presence is deceiving—constructed with easily eroded limestone and green sandstone, this French Gothic cathedral is continually deteriorating and constantly in need of shoring up. Even the massive spires that tower high above Regensburg’s red roofs are 1950s makeovers, fortified with more durable materials. Two little stone gremlins in niches on either side of the main entrance are known as “The Devil” and “The Devil’s Grandmother,” suggesting that evil in any guise is to be left at the door. In the cathedral beyond, salvation takes on a refreshingly humane guise. Soaring vaulting suggests a protective canopy under which all are welcome and acres of sumptuous stained glass seems to embrace the faithful in light and color; the most famous panel is of St. Peter, holding his telltale key to the kingdom, and is 1 of more than 100 images of the saint in the nave and chapels. The most popular figure, though, is the Archangel Gabriel, a happy-looking fellow affixed to a pillar near the altar with a big grin on his face, suggesting that fire and brimstone aside, divine salvation can be a pretty happy business. The cathedral is home to the world’s oldest boys’ choir, the 1,000-year-old Chor Dompatzen, which performs every Sunday morning at 10am mass, open to all.
- Frommer's Staff