I stand in awe when I look at buildings and architectural designs coming out of the medieval centuries. I marvel that way back then – existed the ingenuity to create such intricate designs. Of course such creations were the product of both brain and braun and I pay homage to the stonemasons and possibly all the lives lost in building sites such as these below.On a wet Sunday, some colleagues and took a two hour train ride from Essen in the North Westphalia region of Germany to the beautiful city of Cologne. One of our visits included the Cologne Cathedral – now declared a world heritage site:
Construction of the present Gothic church began in the 13th century and took, with interruptions, more than 600 years to complete. The new structure was built to house the relics of the Three Magi, taken from Milan by Holy Roman Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa and given to the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainald von Dassel in 1164.
The choir (one of the underground chambers of the cathedral) is surrounded by 13th and 14th century art: carved oak stalls, frescoed walls, painted statues and stained glass. The Treasury, outside the cathedral’s left transept, is housed in the cathedral’s 13th-century stone-cellar vaults. The six dim rooms contain a variety of glittering chalices, crosses, and reliquaries, plus fine examples of bishops’ garb. I was particularly fascinated by the exquisite embroidery and jewellery designs dating so far back.
And of course, I have to light a candle in every church I visit:-)