Tuesday, July 17. Approaching Cologne. We are near the city. See the building and walking path on the berm. But all looks pastoral.
The Embla docked at the city center and we stepped off to a view of Groß St. Martin. All here is reconstructed since 1945.
The day began with a walking tour. The Alter Markt.
July 17. The Kölner Dom (Cologne cathedral). It's huge. It survived WWII with limited damage: bombing raids avoided it. (Stiched picture distortion.)
The west (back) side of the cathedral.
Mary and child are centered in the doorway, but they felt distant, as if made of stone.
This simple shepherd had more humanity.
The east (front) side of the cathedral.
Work on cathedral stopped in 1473 and resmed in 1842 ... as a testament to Prussian prowess. The towers came last. Near by is this statue of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Later, we returned to the reconstructed Romanesque Groß St. Martin church.
The ornaments are spare ...
... and the lions underfed.
The basement of Groß St. Martin has Roman ruins. Cologne was Colonia Agrippina, "the Colony of Agrippina", founded AD50.
Ratsturm -- city hall tower -- as viewed from in front of the Dom.
Before going inside, I climbed the South Tower. There's a wealth of detail.
Including some odd detail ... like this chicken!
Die Glocken in the south tower of the Kölner Dom.
The view from the top of the cathedral's south tower. The Rhein and Groß St. Martin church, plus the Alter Markt and the Ratsturm.
The Hollernzollern Bridge.