January 29, 2015
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.
Oh my goodness
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!
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…
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.
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.
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…