Kolumba, Cologne

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Built around the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. Columba, which was destroyed in World War II, the starkly modern Kolumba displays the art collection of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Late Antiquity to the modern era are mixed together, with no informational plaques or chronological or stylistic order. Guests are simply invited to contemplate the oddly discordant space and artwork. The minimalist building, designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, mirrors the art collection within, highlighting the dissonance between modernity and the ancient ruins of war. Highlights include a 12th-century ivory crucifix in Romanesque Rhenish style, an extensive rosary collection, and Jannis Kounellis' Tragedia Civile dating from 1975. Using our custom trip planner, Cologne attractions like Kolumba can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I wasn’t expecting something marvelous like this when i was getting there, honestly, i was just going to see some religious antiquities from the old church. We started with the renovated church, which...  more »
  • Roman Germanic Museum visiting the KOLUMBA in 60 minutes, and it remains a permanent reminder of the over 2000 years of history here in this place within sight of the Cathedral. It is a unique architecture on the ruined walls of the late Gothic KOLUMBA Church.
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  • Kolumba is a must for anyone visiting Cologne. Also for Cologne again a popular focal point
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  • The absolute most beautiful museum I’ve ever seen. The staff were very friendly really nice as well and the student price is very affordable.
  • Interesting space and architecture. The exhibition inside is less interesting but nevertheless worth a stroll through.
  • Fascinating museum! The perfect Monday activity! I was very impressed by the method of display and interpretation of objects.
  • One of the most inspiring musea I have ever been to. Visitors become part of the art themselves in this minimalistic concrete building, built upon the ruins of an ancient church.
  • Definitely worth a visit when you’re in Cologne. The mix of modern and historic art. Student also get discount.
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