JULY 2003


The Trip
Roman Villa at Ahrweiler
  Cologne III

On the Rhein

Tracing Roman Germania 1999
Tracing Roman Germania 2002
Ancient Rome as seen in the year 2001


click on above images for our photos
View of the river from the Cathedral - click here for more images of Cologne Funerary Monument - click here for more images of Roman Cologne


Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensum (as described in 1999)

This time, I was in Cologne twice, first a week by myself, doing the usual: wandering around, taking side trips, such as to the Roman Villa at Ahrweiler. Catching up with new things in the Romano-Germanic Museum. Here is the more extensive German site.

Book Cover - click here for connectionFor German speaking travelers, I would like to point again to the excellent and exhaustive guide book available:
Das Römisch-Germanische Köln: Führer zu Museum und Stadt
, ISBN: 3761613709.

My own summary of Roman Cologne from 1999
Museum name above entrance - click here for more
There were two exhibits at the museum: Alle meine Tiere… (english: all my animals), which was primarily geared towards children and distributed throughout the general exhibits, and Bunte Bildteppiche - Mosaiken aus Tunesien, mosaics from Roman villas in Tunisia. (Unfortunately, they are no longer on the web as of 2005.) My photos from both can be seen here.

I also visited the newly renovated Museum Schnütgen for mostly Medieval art, which had been closed for several years. In 1906, a Cathedral official, Alexander Schnütgen, donated his extensive collection of sacral art from the middle ages to the 19th century to the City of Cologne, wood, stone, and textiles. This collection has since grown to one of the largest in Europe of its kind and holds about 13,000 items, of which only 10 percent can be shown at any given time. Since 1956, it is housed in the rebuilt romanesque church of St. Caecilia, which was secularized by Napoleon in 1802 and largely destroyed in WWII. In the 18 months prior to the re-opening this summer, the church building has been renovated again. An annex was added, which will become part of a larger museum & culture complex of the city. Unfortunately, the renovations still do not accommodate the handicapped. I was lucky to visit on the last day of the opening exhibit, which displayed some of the most important medieval holdings from the collection. Next to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum —Fondation Corboud, the Museum Schnütgen is my favorite museum for medieval art. Here are some photos.

From Cologne, I then traveled to Osnabrück and the nearby Varus Battle Museum and archaeological site at Kalkriese.

Then, later on, I came back with the family, albeit somewhat incapacitated due to my accident. So they went off on their own quite a bit, especially to the Dom (Cathedral). Their photos have been incorporated into The Cathedral (the Dom) and a walk through downtown. There is now an excellent site about the Dom online, with great pages, images, and data to be viewed.

We also went for an afternoon Kaffeeklatsch in my hometown, Lennep, and added a few photos to the file.

The boys made it a point to visit as many of the medieval churches as possible. There is also St. Albans, which was left standing as a ruin after it was destroyed in the war. One can take a peak into the inside, where there are the two statues of the Mourning Parents by Käthe Kollwitz.

We all enjoyed the Museum Ludwig, the modern art museum right next to the cathedral. And the food, and the ice cream…and just ambling around.

Cologne 1999
Cologne 2002
Our photos

Then on to our final destination, Prague.

© Irene B. Hahn 2003

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