Saturday, July 31, 2010


The Basiliskenhaus is home of a well-known Viennese myth: On 26 June 1212 in the morning, the servant of a baker discovered a basilisk at the bottom of the well in the courtyard. After a lot of agitation and anxiety a wise man was consulted and advised to hold a mirror to the basilisk which was known to be fatal. No sooner said than done and the basilisk exploded because of the reflection of his ugliness. In 1577 this tale was inscribed on the facade of Basiliskenhaus.

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