Cologne Gothedral.

Another of my long-held dreams has finally come true – to check out Cologne Cathedral in the flesh. Crikey. It’s just monumental. Eerie. A huge stalagmite stabbing the low cloud up above. More gothic than the Sisters of Mercy ever were.

Cologne CathedralOh my goodness

Cologne Cathedral in winter fog looks incredibly gothic and gloomy.

A photo posted by Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) on

I’m writing this in Bonn in a 5* hotel, where you’d think the Internet connection would be pretty slick. Nein. It’s practically dead. I reckon it hasn’t been upgraded since 1999 – when capital status of the country moved from Bonn to Berlin. Antarctic Internet’s faster!

Cologne CathedralOverwhelmingly ominous

Cologne CathedralMysteriously magnificent

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne CathedralImperially intricate

Cologne Cathedral

With the weather we were lucky and unlucky at the same time.

As you can see it was a damp, overcast day, and I’m sure the cathedral looks totally different on a dry and sunny day. But under a gray winter sky like this I’m sure it’s all the more darkly perplexing. The tallest spire towers 157 meters up and we could hardly see its peak through the mist. I’m not sure I’m able to call this construction beautiful, but its size and mysteriousness are another matter. And that goes for inside too…

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Unfortunately I didn’t take my proper camera with me again. And my bar-of-soap camera simply couldn’t manage fitting this colossus into its pics.

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

I think that with the addition of this latest cathedral, I have now been to all the main cathedrals of Europe: Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Notre Dame in Paris, Duomo di Milano, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and now Cologne Cathedral too.

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

All the photos are here.

Hmmm. Turns out the tallest church in the world is Ulm Minster, also in Germany – four meters higher than its younger brother here in Cologne. More on the heights of the tallest cathedrals of the world – here.

That’s it for today folks! Back soon…

READ COMMENTS 3
Comments 3 Leave a note

    Sven Hansel

    Eugene, very happy to see, that you are excited by the Dome and my homewtown. Let me know, next time you´re in Cologne and I´ll be happy to guide you thru some more interesting sites here “in Kölle”. ;-)

    mihai

    is ortodox?

    comreich

    Mihai, it’s Roman Catholic

Leave a note
  • RT @campuscodi: Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, revealed today that it "became victim of an extensive cyber-at…
    4 hours ago