Christmas in Cologne

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The city derived its name in 50 AD from Agrippina the younger, wife of the Emperor Claudius, who was born here. She asked for her home village to be elevated to the status of a colonia - a city under Roman law. It used to be referred to as Colonia, now called "Koeln" by its German natives.
what greets my eyes when i step off the train is the striking cologne cathedral. a massive undertaking which began in the year 1248 and ended in 1880, it has its roots in the 4th century, but did not begin its growth until the advent of the middle ages, as this is when the reliquary bones of the three magi arrived to take up residence.
the pilgrimages made to the cathedral to see these relics led to the expansion of the cathedral for the next 7 centuries.
i did a self guided tour, and also climbed the more than 500 winding stairs to the top of one of the two towers, to have a gorgeous view of the city below, and see the bells in the bell tower.
Following the visit to the cathedral I explored the Christmas market, snacked on roasted chestnuts and gingerbread, sipped that delicious mulled spiced wine, and bought Christmas presents.  
hannajax says:
you are certainly right about that. i, too, did not take all of the photos i would have liked. I had a cheap digital, that ran on batteries, and I have to go back next year to explore it all over again, with my Canon.
Posted on: Sep 22, 2006
X_Drive says:
This is by far the most wonderous cathedral in the world! I didn't have time to take all of the pictures I would have. Just breathtaking.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2006
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