Cologne, Dom

The utilitarian rail station in Cologne, not shown here, was built right next to the cathedral and really is a blot on it. This is a classic European cathedral. I'm guessing it's 800 years old. It has the standard transecting wings, the twin spires, and the third, lower spire at the intersection of the two wings.

To see one of these cathedrals in the flesh is to be overwhelmed. Even today the construction of such a building would be a stupendous undertaking, one that would tax the resources of any city. When these old beauties were built, cities were much smaller and their resources far less. What a phenomenal dedication to an ideal!

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