Cologne Germany

Thursday 8th October

Cologne is our final stop in Germany before The Netherlands.  According to my DNA test from ancestry.com I am about 20% German. (Mom always thought 25%, but close enough.) However, I have been 100% German this past week! Sadly, I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of this fascinating country. Berlin is top of my Germany bucket list for future trips.

But to continue this trip…..

Cologne’s Dom (cathedral) is the largest in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Also in the book.)

Cologne, Germany Cathedral

Cologne, Germany Cathedral

Not an insignificant fact (from Fodor’s): the 515 foot high west towers of the cathedral were the tallest structures in the world – until they were beaten by the Washington Monument in D.C.

Approximately 90% of the city was destroyed during WWII. And the cathedral was damaged. They chose to replace the destroyed stained glass with colorful – but plain – glass, so you can easily see the damage even today. 

Back is lovely too.  Too bad it is so dirty from pollution, and also still from WWII bombs. 
  It is important to take a moment to appreciate more than the stained glass. 
 
  
A panoramic of the ceiling  

More pics coming of the stained glass … 

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I want to see the world! I am armed with the book "1,000 places to see before you die" and I am having a great time. I am also a dog lover and theatre snob.
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