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Kolumba, Cologne

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#7 of 27 in Museums in 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 went and was limited to what I could see. But from what I could see, I was impressed. Pretty impressive place. Got some great information and pictures. 
    I went and was limited to what I could see. But from what I could see, I was impressed. Pretty impressive place. Got some great information and pictures.  more »
  • Walking around the streets just of Schildergasse is a thing I love to do,the different architectural styles amaze me,a mix of modern and old blend seamlessly together,the damage this city sustained... 
    Walking around the streets just of Schildergasse is a thing I love to do,the different architectural styles amaze me,a mix of modern and old blend seamlessly together,the damage this city sustained...  more »
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  • My favorite museum in Cologne - quiet, peaceful, breathtaking. Go by yourself even! Today there was a live classical music trio playing in one of the rooms - the music echoing through the entire place - magical!
  • Beautiful museum and you got a cool little book about the exhibition

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