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The Dome of Cologne
While looking through my photos I realized theres tons of photos from Germany I never posted! So I'm going to try to post them soon.

These from my trip to the Dome of Cologne (Köln in German)

The Dome of Cologne took 600 years to build (1240's to 1890's) and is virtually one of the few structures left in this city that wasn't bombed to smithereenes by the British in WW2. From what I hear this was on purpose of course, since the Brits know and can respect good architecture when they see it :)

It is the largest Gothic church in Europe and was at one point the tallest structure in the world until the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower.

It also holds the shrine of the 3 kings, which is a golden box said to contain their bones. And Phil asked me to clarify since there are just too many kings in Europe but most Americans know that when I say "the three kings" i'm talking about the ones who brought baby Jesus presents...well those are the ones I'm talking about :) I got to see this even though I'm not supposed to (since I'm not Catholic or some similar reason like that), but Phil and I were able to go inside the church as part of a pilgrimage that was being held there and see things normal tourists don't get to see.

They don't normally ring the bells but that day they did and I gotta say...ever feel like your whole body is vibrating? It was way intense!

There was a mass going on with Gregorian chant that was just...positively otherworldly, especially as you hear them chanting and you look at all the centuries old effigies and tombs of crusaders, gilded Old German lettering on the walls, icons...we really felt like we had been transported to another time. It's really hard to describe, but I honestly had this feeling that we had left the 21st century upon stepping into that church. It truly was a humbling experience. So much so that Phil and I even went to pray at one of Mary's altars. Something about the surge of historical energy really brings me to my knees, literally!

Unfortunately out of respect I didn't take any photos of the inside save for one, but please enjoy many exterior photographs!

Dome of Cologne
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crashcoyote From: crashcoyote Date: February 28th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
So very pretty
skorzy From: skorzy Date: February 28th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow.. they really cleaned up the exterior since I saw it in 95. It was a hulking, sooty monster then.

I remember getting dizzy coming down the spiral staircases. :)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: February 28th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's wonderful cathedral indeed, I've never visited Germany but I know it for its particular shape and proportions. ;)
Some cathedrals and churches have an incredible power and that's one of those! =D

I hope to go there someday ... it's in my 'to-do' list! XD

Ah! I searched something similar in Italy, I mean a church that needed all those years for being completed:
I found the "Duomo" of Milano, that was started in the 1386 and (officially) finished in 1858, and Santa Maria del Fiore in Firenze where they needed 591 years to complete it (1296-1887).
That's close!!! ;D :P =D

PS: Just a detail ... the Dome of Cologne is tall but not large ;) The largest gothic church in Europe is in Sevilla (Spain) and the second one is in Milano! ;) *Innocent face* :P
Eheh, sorry but I can't resist, I like to do these things! XD I love to say 'Hey! It's another one!' Ihihih ... please, I beg your pardon. =)
henriekeg From: henriekeg Date: March 1st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Dome in Firenze is so awesome! You can climb up all the way to the top in the... um, I forgot the word for that round thing. When you're halfway up you can look down into the church, so awesome!
My favorite cathedral is still the one from Chatres, it's so ugly XD Both towers have been built in a different fashion period, it looks silly.

And I should ask K1sch to re-post that picture from the Kölner Dom. It has a Steve Irwin angel on it XD
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: March 1st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know ... I think you mean the "Lanterna" (sorry, I don't remember the english translation) :P ;)

Each cathedral is different! They're beautiful for this reason. =D
(I wish to see again the Duomo of Milano ... it tastes like home! ;)
vizon From: vizon Date: February 29th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Six hundred years is really something. I mean, that's how many people's dream unrealized in their lifetime - and that they would all have the same idea - the strength and elaborate nature of the original architectural proposal must have been truly awesome to pervade so many centuries and continue to inspire until completion!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 1st, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
what i dont understand is who looks at it and goes "well...I think...I think we're finally done!"
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: February 29th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
That cathedral is gorgeous. I loved visiting it when I was in the area some years ago. I'd love to return again someday.
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