Monday, April 2, 2012

Cologne Round 2, Part 4: Details of Kölner Dom

I've posted about Kölner Dom twice before (here and here), so this time around I'm focusing on the details. Like the gorgeous spring blossoms in back, the incredible mosaics that adorn the floor, and the dozens of statues covering the outside walls.
















Above is the Shrine of the Three Kings: "This huge Romanesque reliquary was made by Nikolaus von Verdun in 1181-1220, to hold the relics of the Three Kings. These were brought to Cologne from Italy in 1164 by Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa."  -DK Eyewitness Europe Travel Guide

8 comments:

  1. that lion statue that looks like it has its tongue sticking out is my new favorite thing. but seriously, it must have taken forever just to make one statue or painting... making the whole thing must have either taken a really, really long time or a lot of people. it's not surprising that buildings like that are so rarely built these days. we choose speed and functionality over prettiness for the most part.

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    1. Sarah, I like the lion too, but I also thought it was kind of funny. I mean, since it's a fountain, isn't it going to look like it's puking when the water is flowing? lol.

      And I definitely agree with you...it's very rare to find such beautiful architecture that's also modern.

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    2. omg i thought that same thing about the lion but didn't write it because... well, i dunno. i'm around elementary school boys so often i sometimes forget what's appropriate to say and what's not and so i keep most things to myself to stay on the safe side lol.

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    3. Pfft, I think like a teenager most of the time, so of course it was what popped into my head. ;)

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  2. Man, I just love looking at the architecture of all of these churches. Do you have to lie on your back and take the picture looking up at them to get the entire frame?

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    1. Thanks! And yes, sometimes I'm flat on the ground trying to get photos that encompass an entire building. Most of the castles are easier because they're usually on a hill, so we can find a spot in the city below to get a shot of the whole structure. Buildings in cities are always more difficult!

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  3. These photos are truly magnificent.... you have a gift!

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    1. Awe, thanks. I just have really great material to work with, that's all.

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