|Charlemagne’s Stones (Großer Karlstein) near Osnabrück-Haste, Germany are said to be haunted by King Charlemagne and his phantom army|
In one of Charlemagne's conquests in Bavaria at a place now known as Großer Karlstein, he made a statement to signal the dominance of Christian rule over the Pagan people. A monolithic stone altar or tomb was the scene of many pagan rituals and sacrifice. When Charlemagne captured these lands, it is said that he himself smote the capstone of the altar in two to symbolize the dominance of Christian beliefs over paganism.
|Entry way to Charlemagne’s Stones (Großer Karlstein) near Osnabrück-Haste, Germany|
Großer Karlstein still stands to this day just outside of Osnabrück-Haste, Germany. These black stones are sometimes referred to as Charlemagne's Stones in remembrance of his defeat of the Bavarian people. It is also believed that Charlemagne and his army still haunt this area. He and his horde can be heard at night rampaging through the forests of Bavaria around the stones of Großer Karlstein and are sometimes referred to as "the wild hunt". They are heard, not ever seen you see, because legend has it that if any person encountering Charlemagne's army must avert their eyes or meet an unimaginable fate as did those who fell before the armies in that past.
|Charlemagne’s Stones (Großer Karlstein) a monolith near Osnabrück-Haste, Germany. It is believed that King Charlemagne himself broke the capstone as the symbol of the dominance of Christianity|
So if you are wandering the forests of Bavaria at night and you hear the approaching sounds of a medieval army, close your eyes or you may join them in the after world!