Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cologne, Keulen, Koln

We rose extremely early for our train ride to Koln - like 4:20am early - the trade-off for dirt cheap train tickets. Due to the early departure time, we had to ride around the country in order to get to Koln and over five hours later we emerge from the train station.

We were quickly jerked out of our half-opened eye state by the site of the Dom. It was ENORMOUS! We were amazed despite having seen TONS of huge churches lately.

Amazing Facts:
  • It was the world's tallest building until 1884 (when the Washington Monument was built)
  • It has the world's second tallest church Spires
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for "exceptional work of human creative genius"
  • Has the largest facade of any church in the world
  • It has stained glass from the Medieval time period, the Renaissance, post WWII, and a window designed by Gerhard Richter in 2007
  • Houses the largest reliquary in the Western world - the bones of the three wise men
  • Has the largest free-swinging bell in the world

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