Dom St Blasii

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The tomb of Heinrich der Löwe, the powerful duke who made Braunschweig his capital in the 12th century, can be found lying alongside his wife Mathilde in the crypt of Dom St Blasii. The Nazis decided to co-opt his image and in 1935 exhumed his tomb to conduct an ‘archaeological investigation’. Even Hitler paid a visit. However, the corpse found inside had one leg shorter than the other (it’s known that Heinrich suffered a terrible horse-riding accident late in life) and dark hair, and the master-race propagandists went very quiet on the subject after that. There were also questions about the body’s gender and some doubt as to whether it’s really Heinrich in the sarcophagus.