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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. Use our Cologne vacation generator to add Kolumba and other attractions to your Cologne vacation plans.
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  • I wasn't expecting to love this museum as much as I did. The ruins were very interesting but that was only the start. The modern art was amazing. Extremely unique and different. There's not much signa...  more »
  • A museum founded in 1853, on the site occupied by St. Columba Roman. Conjugates in your architecture the old with the modern. Be sure to visit the chapel of Saint Columba, a place of peace and beauty.
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  • Unfortunately it was time for button to go into the Museum. Therefore, it was for a study of the building from the outside and inside the Cathedral sanctuary with the altar-Paul refers to church meeting that he met with the 4 pillars, understood as those who continued Christianity after Jesus and as beautiful show is part of the altar of symbolism. Kolumba is built partially atop the remains of an old church (St. Kolumba, which was bombed) and partly on Roman ruins and the part where it was possible in the building's facade. (And in the Museum). Externally the building is presented in special bright bricks of many kinds of prepared at Petersen Tegl in Broager, Denmark, as in the matte surfaces gives a very special character. The openwork stone, which from the outside can be seen as "splotches" in the façade, gives the spaces inside a light in interaction with artificial light. Inside, there is a kind of serenely in the spaces-a ro and mood, as the building from the outside also call. There is clearly talking about a unique building. It is beautiful, beautiful? -It is certainly big and restrained aesthetic, which is not loud.
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  • Very nice museum where history and modern art is naturally tight together. Located in the center, cheap tickets and much to have a look at. Definitely worth to visit.
  • Kolumba is a very special museum which blends architecture, art and religion in one. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the Museum was built on the ruins of a Gothic church Kolumba and it was wrapped by new wall inside the lower 2 floors of the Museum as a part of the exhibition in a form of ruins. A small chapel is also designed next to the ruin. The display in the 3-floor museum is also interesting as there are both traditional religious art artefacts with some contemporary art installations, placing side by side or even crossing-over each other. Certainly, you cannot miss the White minimalistic exhibition spaces and its small garden designed by Zumthor.
  • A beautiful superposition of ancient and modern architecture, creating a surprising atmosphere of quiescence.
  • Der archäologische Bereich ist einen Besuch wert. Tolle Architektur.
  • one of the best architecture museums ever . i consider it a must in cologne