Cologne, Germany

Having arrived in Nuremburg it was now time to head for the train again. We left the station with terrific memories of the people whom we met on the cruise. We shared a cabin on the train with a couple who were also heading for Cologne or Koln as the Germans spell it. He was American and she was from Shanghai, China. They were travelling on business. A few hours later we arrived at the station in Cologne…a station that sees hundreds of trains per day from all over Europe! Just exiting was a challenge, even more so than finding our B and B. When you step out of the train station, the first thing you see is this –

 

Cologne Cathedral

As Mr. Rogers would say…”Look way up!”

Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom) is the city’s most famous monument and the Cologne residents’ most respected landmark. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage site; it houses the Shrine of the Three Kings that supposedly contains the relics of the Three Magi (see also[19] ). Residents of Cologne sometimes refer to the cathedral as “the eternal construction site” (Dauerbaustelle).

As you walk around it you see –

Face of the Cathedral

Inside you see this –

It goes on forever...

No, that is neither Larry nor I in our choir robes…the smog in the background is from the recently burned incense at the Mass.

There is lots more to see in Cologne, such as…but the following photo is how the city looked after the bombing in World War II –

Almost total devastation...except for parts of the cathedral

There can be no more words after this photo…

 

Thanks for dropping in…

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~ by reg45 on November 22, 2010.

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