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On the Road #4

June 21, 2013

This is the last post this trip (if you’ve been following this blog or @decorartuk on Twitter, you could see some places I’ve visited in the Central Europe, mainly Germany), this is also the last night in a hotel – only 600 km away from home!

I would have shared more beautiful photos, yet internet connection was very unreliable; it seems I’ll have to keep remembering this journey when I get back. Meanwhile, here’s a post for anyone who is interested in Architecture – what do you think to Cologne Cathedral?

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Some facts:

– Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche St. Petrus, English: High Cathedral of St. Peter) is a Roman Catholic church.

– It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

– It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.

– The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires and largest facade of any church in the world.

Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Yet the sad thing is that this beautiful building is surrounded by modern life so much, that it somehow feels out of place. I know I shouldn’t expect anything different, as Cologne was flattened during the 2nd World War, so it had to be rebuilt, but you’d expect architects could have come up with better solutions. By the way, the Cathedral itself suffered seventy hits by aerial bombs and it did not collapse – the great twin spires are said to have been used as an easily recognizable navigational landmark by Allied aircraft raiding deeper into Germany, this must be the reason it wasn’t destroyed.

Anyway, enjoy the sights and I’d recommend to visit it yourself and, of course, to climb the 509 stone steps of the spiral staircase to a viewing platform about 98 m above the ground (it costs 3 Euros, it’s quite scary, as the staircase is narrow and people are climbing it up and down at the same time, and it’s not that easy to reach the top, BUT  you’ll be able to add this experience to the list of your achievements).

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Cologne Train Station (right next to the Cathedral)

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Facade Facing the Train Station

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Stunning Gothic Architecture

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A Group of Tourists Getting Ready to Explore

On the way to the Top

On the way to the Top

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Cologne from Above

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Inside the Cathedral

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Collecting Donations

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Main Entrance Doors (detail)

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A Fountain Next to the Cathedral

The last bit – a few sentences that I found on Wikipedia:

“In 1996, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites. In 2004 it was placed on the “World Heritage in Danger” list, as the only Western site in danger, due to plans to construct a high-rise building nearby, which would have visually impacted the site. The cathedral was removed from the List of In Danger Sites in 2006, following the authorities’ decision to limit the heights of buildings constructed near and around the cathedral.”

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