So much of St Gereon had to be reconstructed after World War II, it is odd to see so much new brick and stone, but there are still original floor mosaics in the crypt and elsewhere enough remnants of the 13th century building that it is definitely worth a visit. The scale is so intimate, and the feeling so different from the soaring Gothic vaults of the Cologne Cathedral, that St Gereon makes a great contrast architecturally to the Dom. We were the first visitors of the day on a recent Saturday morning, and got a personal tour from the building's caretaker who was very kind and showed us Roman tombstones embedded in the wall of the sacristy and the floor mosaic of the signs of the zodiac in the crypt. Saint Gereon is located in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from the Zeughaus (city of Cologne museum).
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