- It’s darkish
- It’s gigantic
- It’s got amazing stained glass windows
- That organ.
It’s one of the first things you see when you get to Köln. For me, arriving at night, you could spot it from halfway across the city – perhaps further. Gorgeously back lit, Koeln Cathedral sticks out like a sore thumb, albeit far prettier than a thumb. You might choose to call it the major attraction in Cologne. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other wonderous sights to behold, but Köln Dom (assuming I haven’t butchered that) is definitely one of the best.You can spot it from a mile off, but when you actually approach it it begins to disappear behind the various nearby buildings. All before opening up around the cathedral itself, at which point it finally sinks in just how massive it is. I, for one, never had the slightest clue how huge it was until I was stood at the foot of it feeling like an ant. You might say it helps to put a lot of things into perspective.If you find that difficult, just compare the size of the people in this photo (who aren’t standing against the walls) to the height of the building – and then also consider that I physically couldn’t get back far enough to fit the tower and spire into my picture. That alone speaks volumes.Now, the point here isn’t for me to tell you all about the cathedral, who designed and built it, when, to what specifications or whatever. It’s so that I can tell you about how amazing it is and hopefully inspire you to take a look yourself. If you want to know more about the former then you can find plenty of information on koelner-dom and wikipedia (if you don’t trust the wiki page, check the pages references for more info).Lets take a look inside.Just as a side note, I openly refuse to use my flash in these kinds of places (the same with museums) for a few reasons, so some of the pictures are a tad blurry, or not particularly clear. I’ve brightened some up in post-production but you can tell they aren’t remotely close to being clear images. You need to see the place in person to get a real feel for it. There are a few things you’ll notice when you get inside: