Although 95% of Cologne's buildings were destroyed in World War II, and the cathedral sustained some damage, it has remained the towering symbol of Cologne to this day.
The massive Cologne Cathedral dominates the skyline of the city. It was thought to be the highest structure in the world from 1880-1884. Constructed off and on over a period of more than 600 years, it was begun in 1248 and is reputed to be the final burial site of the bones of the three kings who visited the baby Jesus.
Although it exterior is blackened from pollution, efforts are being made to restore it, but this is extremely difficult to do without damaging the stone from which it's built.
Our cruise-supplied guide led us around the old city and then we decided to take an additional tour of the inside of the cathedral.
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Tapestries!!!For those of us who just saw The Lady and the Unicorn exhibit at the Art Gallery of NSW: I was struck to see the tapestries hung all down both sides of the nave.
The burial place of the three kingsThe large golden structure at the back of this photo is where the alleged bones of the three kings are buried, each with a crown on their skulls, facing to the front of the church toward the rising sun on Easter morning.