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Moving memorial to lives lost in war

St. Alban Church was destroyed in WWII in March 1945. The ruins remain as a memorial to prisoners... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Auburn, New York
Moving ruined church with Kathe Kollwitz statue

This ruined church evidently had a long history before its destruction during world War II. As in... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2015
New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

St. Alban Church was destroyed in WWII in March 1945. The ruins remain as a memorial to prisoners of war and a testament to the devastation that happened to Cologne during that war. The kneeling figures, titled "Mourning Parents" is a replica of a statue...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Unfortunately all there is to see, you have to watch from behind the gate. So for me this makes it a little less special. The church itself we wanted to visit to, but it was closed at that time.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

Dating back to the Middle Ages, Old St. Albans was one of Cologne's oldest churches. All that is left now are the ruins. "The Mourning Parents" statues date back to 1953, commemorating the fallen lives of both World Wars.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

This ruined church evidently had a long history before its destruction during world War II. As in many cities, Cologne decided to leave a prominent church in a ruined status as a memorial to the sadness caused by war. There is a moving Kathe Kollwitz...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

During World War II the church was heavily damaged. After that,it was only saved, but not rebuilt. Visible are still the pillars and the vestibule with the window openings; windows and roofs are missing.The design is intended to support and combine the character of a...More

Date of experience: December 2014
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