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“Little to see”
Review of Ruine St. Alban

Ruine St. Alban
Ranked #101 of 281 things to do in Cologne
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.

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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.

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Reviewed 10 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 statue representing the grief of parents who have lost children in war and there is also a memorial to presoners of war who had not yet returned (German prisoners of war generally took 3 years after war's end to begin coming back and some were held for longer). This sight is a little out of the way but close to major shopping and tourist attractions and only takes a few minutes to see.

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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 memorial site for the fallen soldiers and former church.
The ruins is not publicly available, the memorials are but visible through iron gates.

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