Kolumba, Cologne

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#7 of 25 in Museums in Cologne
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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  • Nice Museum, super friendly people. But there is no English guide there. Better know some German. Anyway I like the building itself. super cool
  • Didn't have a clue what was going on because there isn't a word of English, but the people standing around were fantastically helpful (even though they looked rather serious). The museum is really excellent and the curation and display of art is outstanding.
  • Contemplating the centuries, even millennia, of layers of architecture that are the foundations of this place sets the mind to wonder the ephemera and eternities of human culture. The art exhibitions in the lobby and upstairs continue this theme; during my visit there were interesting juxtapositions of both ancient and modern works sometimes without any obvious thematic connection, sometimes commenting on each other, always provoking feelings or thoughts.
  • Interesting building with good architecture but it can be a bit underwhelming when you see that many of the materials have cracks in them which Zumthor probably didn't calculate. The doorman was supposed to open the door for me... which he didn't and the atmosphere in the exhibition rooms is a bit off as there is staff in every single room and it feels like they're watching every step you take. The reading room was my personal favourite.
  • Masterpiece by Peter Zumthor. Quiet space made by simple materials and perfect details. A place can wash all the bad things out of your mind.

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