Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kölner Dom, two views

The Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria, better known as the Kölner Dom or the Cologne Cathedral, is one of the best, and largest, examples of Gothic cathedrals. It was built over six centuries from 1248 to 1880. I was lucky enough to visit this several years ago and it is breathtaking. Here are two LEGO takes on this wonder of architecture. Jürgen Bramigk is a German AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) who built a massive replica at 3.0 meters long, 1.8 meters wide, and 3.0 meters high (see here to appreciate the size of this creation). Appropriately enough he first displayed it at FanWelt 2008, a gathering of LEGO builders in Cologne, Germany. The organizers of that event asked Michael Jasper to make a much smaller version of the cathedral as a souvenir set that attendees could purchase. I've yet to see a photo of these two creations together - it seems that someone should have taken such a picture since both were at the same event.

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