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 loved the mix of historical perspective and wild modern art this museum offered. You usually get one or the other, it's rare to get both, mixed into nearly every room. You never knew what you were g...  more »
  • We had read that this museum was worth a visit, but we went because it was open on a Monday, most other attractions in Cologne are closed on Mondays. It was fantastic, a blend of archeological remnant...  more »
  • Interesting exhibition space, in an exceptional setting. The large Windows overlooking the downtown catch the eye, to the detriment of the exhibits.
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  • The Roman archaeological area is amazing. The displays in the rest if the museum compare the old with the new. Very nice guide to read along with. Very organized museum. I have been to this museum twice, the second visit was better than the first. Simply because I saw it differently and appreciated it even more.
  • If I could give 6 stars I would. I so enjoyed this museum with its pared down and eclectic exhibition in its stunning building. It felt like walking round a well furnished mind.
  • One of the greatest museums! All the details in the building ans exposition so carefully and tasteful selected, I went twice in two weeks. Also ticket prices is more than reasonable (around 5 euro). The info brochure is for free and almost a book with nice design.
  • Absolutely the most elegant museum that I have ever been. Incredible architecture details and art. There is a unique atmosphere.
  • My favorite Spot in Köln, I make sure to visit this museum every time I am there - I am in love with the architecture of the building, I always enjoy walking in. The staff working there is super friendly and being in this museum gives you always a good feeling. The reading room inside the museum is a place where you can enjoy reading and thinking.
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