Kolumba information

Cologne , Germany
Kolumbastrasse 4
+49 221 221 933 1930
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adult/child €5/free
Opening hours
noon-5pm Wed-Mon, to 7pm Thu
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Art, history, architecture and spirituality form a harmonious tapestry in this spectacular collection of religious treasures of the Archdiocese of Cologne. Called Kolumba, the building encases the ruins of the late-Gothic church of St Kolumba, layers of foundations going back to Roman times and the Madonna in the Ruins chapel, built on the site in 1950. It’s yet another magnificent design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, 2009 winner of the Pritzker Prize, the ‘architectural Oscar’. Exhibits span the arc of religious artistry from the early days of Christianity to the present. Coptic textiles, Gothic reliquary and medieval painting are juxtaposed with works by Bauhaus legend Andor Weiniger and edgy room installations. Don't miss the 12th-century carved ivory crucifix.