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Alt St. Alban, Cologne

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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  • St. Alban’s is a very moving memorial depicting in the most open way what wars do to people and to culture. St. Alban‘s was one of the oldest parish churches in Cologne (though present ruins are mainl...  read more »
  • You give the idea of the Majesty of the complete building the pillars and the strong walls.
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  • A few arrive to find this church which is not advertised nor you can admire except from a few holes. It is the testimony of a church destroyed by war and not restored.
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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).
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