Cologne Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of the world, one of the largest, tallest, and holding some remarkable treasures. After being bused to the town centre, we had several hours to explore the cathedral and environs on our own. It certainly was spectacular!
Apparently Barbarossa, Frederick I, the Holy Roman Emperor at the time, stole the relics from the cathedral in Milan during one of his campaigns. (Both present-day Italy and Germany were still a number of small independent states until much later.). This is the reason that the cathedral was built in the first place, as a suitable home for the reliquary holding these priceless relics.
The altar itself is quite astonishing, a single 15 foot long slab of black marble installed in 1322, supported by niches in white marble containing smaller carved figures.
Lots more snow here today, so another day of snow-blowing and pushing snow off the deck. Tomorrow was supposed to have sunny breaks and no snow, but now they's saying it will simply shift from the 'Colorado low' that passed through, to lake effect streamers with lots of blowing snow. Winter is showing no signs of slowing down here. Maybe I'll even get out and get some pictures.