Sunday, July 10, 2011
There was one thing I wanted Abby to see while in Germany. And it was this Cathedral in Koln.
Construction of this Cathedral began in 1248 and took until 1880 to complete. It is one of the worlds largest churches and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. It is a World Heritage Site.
In World War II this Cathedral was hit by seventy aerial bombs and remained standing while the city around it was flattened. These bombs are the reason that the outside of the Cathedral is mostly still black today.
Abby and Meike climbed the 360 steps up the bell tower, where there are eleven bells, four of which are medievel. This 24-ton St. Petersglocke "Bell of St. Peter" was cast in 1922 and is the largest free-swinging bell in the world.
In these photos from the bell tower you have a beautiful view of the Rhine.
The girls went to three different cities yesterday by train and toured around. But what is one thing they had to take the time to do in each city? Shop, of course!