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The Colorful Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral

The stained glass windows inside Cologne Cathedral is a kaleidoscope of colors that visitors should not miss. Yes, I know, every cathedral in Europe has a couple of stained glass windows, and that’s why you should take notice of them. They might look the same to you but if you take a closer look, you’ll find the difference in the details of each of them.

Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral - Nativity Window (Germany). Travel Blog
Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral (Koln, Germany).

The South-facing Stained Glass Window. This window is designed by the famed, contemporary local artist, Gerhard Richter. Aside from the fact that it’s a really magnificent window, it is hounded by controversy. It is said that Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the city’s Archbishop was opposed to the idea of having a stained glass. However, let it be known that he was not against contemporary art in itself but he wanted more symbolic representations of 20th-century martyrs or saints, as opposed to abstract ones. And when the glass window was unveiled, guess what, the Archbishop did not show up. But, of course, the Church has a reason – it was in conflict with a previously-arranged trip. 😉

ife of Christ Stain Glasses Window
Life of Christ Stained Glass Windows at Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

The Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral

I took a lot of photos of these windows and I don’t anymore remember which side of the cathedral you can see them. Fortunately, you can find a map of all these windows here.

Take note that many of these stained glass windows are really, really, really ancient.

Stain Glass Window of Nativity (1507)

Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral - Nativity Window (Germany). Travel Blog
The Stained Glass Windows Inside Cologne Cathedral – Nativity Window (Germany).

Well, of course, you can easily see the birth of Christ in this panel. Can you guess where Moses is? Find the burning bush. 😉

Stained Glass Window of Lamentation (1847)

Stained Glass Window of the Lamentation (Cologne, Cathedral).
Stained Glass Window of the Lamentation (Cologne, Cathedral).

The scene reminds me of Michelangelo’s Pieta at the Vatican.

The Adoration of the Magi (1300)

The Adoration of the Magi Window (Koln, Germany). Travel Blog
The Adoration of the Magi Window (Koln, Germany).

You can find this right at the centre of the church, but behind the altar.

Children of Cologne Window

Children of Koln Stain Window
Children of Cologne Stained Glass Window

This stained glass window was made through the effort of the children of Cologne who collected financial donations. It scenes depict the children of the Old and New Testament. Bernhard Kloss designed the window.

Window of Pentecost (1848)

Window of the Pentecost (Koln, Germany)
Window of the Pentecost – Cologne Cathedral (Germany)

On the day of the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended – and the Church was officially founded.

Window of the Three Holy Kings (1507)

Window of the Three Holy Kings Stain Glasses Window
Window of the Three Holy Kings (Cologne Germany)

And the Three Wise Men came with their gifts.

St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse (1509)

St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse (Koln, Germany)
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse (Cologne Cathedral)

Hmmmnnnn… I’m not really sure who Jesse is. 😉

The Adoration of the Magi Window (1846 & 1300)

Window of the Adoration of the Magi  Travel Blog stain glasses window
Window of the Adoration of the Magi at Cologne Cathedral (Germany)

Related: Stained Glass Windows Inside Notre Dame in Paris

Window of the Adoration of the Magi
Window of the Adoration of the Magi (second from left).

I reckon there are about three or more stained glass windows that depict the Three Kings. As you probably know, behind the altar in this cathedral lies the mortal remains of the Three Wise Men.

Johannes Klein Window (1884)

Johannes Klein stain glasses window
Johannes Klein stained glass windows (Cologne Cathedral)

Window to the Life of Christ

Life of Christ Stain Glasses Window
Life of Christ Stained Glass Windows at Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

Looking at the window above, you’ll definitely identify the scenes from the life of Christ.

Where to stay in Cologne

I stayed at Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft. Though it is around 30-40 minutes walk to the Cathedral, I love it here because the beds are comfortable. Each bunk had its own curtains so you can have your own privacy. It’s clean and the staff members are friendly. I was even allowed to check-in early because the bed/room was already available. Or maybe, they just saw my tired eyes and I really needed a rest. 😀 Since the hostel is around the university area, cheap bars are basically right in every corner. There are a host of restaurants and grocery stores, too. For medium-priced accommodations, click here.

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