You can imagine that the devil wasn’t pleased to see how the skilled and busy craftsmen constructed St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
So he made an alliance with the wind and the rain and asked them to hunt around the building. In that way he thought he could keep the workers away from their eagerly doing.
But cheerfully and with devout prayers the builders continued their work.
Angrily and without achieving his goal the devil moved back to hell.
But he forgot to take the wind and the rain with him.
So since that time the both roar loudly lamenting around St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Soon the Viennese had a little rhyme on their lips:
“Even when in the entire country the weather is fair
you can be sure that it’s windy or rainy at St. Stephen’s square.”
Copyright © 2011 Ingrid Prohaska
Special thanks to JRD Skinner and the Flash Pulp Crew for putting the legend on their 'FlashCast 26 - Illegal Fireworks' !