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Alt St. Alban, Cologne

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  • You will not be sorry for making any type of journey to see these churches. This one in particular has so much character that it is indescribable. 
  • We were looking for it and, upon arrival, we are being closed with gates. Is you can see from the outside and take a photo, but not to visit it.
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  • On the Quatermarkt Street are the ruins of one of the oldest churches of Cologne: St. Alban (Alt St. Alban), built during middle age in 1172, in a style between Romanesque and Gothic early, rebuilt several times and redesigned in the 17TH century. During the second world war it suffered numerous damages that almost destroyed it, which remain only some of its ruins; However, it is preserved it in this State as a symbolic message to current and future generations to alert them about the horrors of the war. Front was installed in 1959 to what at the time was the chapel with the main altar, a sculptural group of the artist Käthe Kollwitz called "Fathers of mourning", which is actually a copy whose original is located in Belgium, in the Vladslo-Flanders war cemetery. This moving Group of sculptures represents the dark side of life associated with the war: the sadness, the death and destruction. This attraction is really overwhelming for its symbolic significance: it is impossible to visit it without experiencing an emotion and respect.
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  • Most churches in Köln were nothing more but ruins after World War II. This one is still a ruin and now a place of remembrance for the victims of the war. Inside, there's a copy of the famous grieving parents statue by Käthe Kollwitz that she created for her son Peter that died in World War I. Joseph Beuys copied the father figure, Erwin Heerich, the mother figure. However, the alignment is different and less beautiful when compared with the original statues on the war graveyard in Vladslo (Diksmuide, Belgium).