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Kolumba, Cologne
(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Museum being closed earlier where we go, we have seen the Church and outside. Go to admire the alliance between modern architecture and re-use of ruins, we don't have not been disappointed.
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  • Very impressive architecture. The exhibition is art history, however, secondary. In the overall standings but worth a visit, if man is several days in Cologne.
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  • This is one of those museums that is off the beaten track and is so offbeat that there will be no possibility of hordes of Chinese meandering around clicking selfies. It is a wonderful blend of the mo...  more »
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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