The Thousand-Year Rose of Hildesheim Cathedral

Climbing the outer wall of Hildesheim Cathedral’s apse is a rose bush, said to be one thousand years old. According to legend, as long as it blooms, Hildesheim will never decline. Indeed, when the cathedral was destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War in 1945, the rosebush was badly burnt but parts of the roots survived. Eight weeks later, new shoots appeared from under the debris and the hardy rose regrew, and so did the cathedral.

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