Cathedral gets modern stained-glass window
Cologne Cathedral gets modern stained-glass window
26 August 2007
BERLIN (AFP) - A modern stained glass window in a kaleidoscope of 72 colours was unveiled at the weekend at the 13th-century Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany's most famous landmarks.
The new window, the work of well-known German painter and photographer Gerhard Richter, has been installed on the southern side of the gothic cathedral and measures 19 metres by 9.5 metres (62 feet by 31 feet).
Though it is described as abstract art, Richter said he let himself be guided by the colours found in a stained-glass window on the northern side of the cathedral and in others dating from the Middle Ages.
The window had been covered with a black curtain after it was installed and was unveiled during a special service on Saturday, letting sunlight pour through the brightly coloured panels.
"The cathedral has been enriched and so has the city," the mayor of Cologne, Fritz Schramma, said after the unveiling.
The window cost some 370,000 euros ($506,000), which was donated by more than 1,000 people.
The historic cathedral was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996.
Subject: German news