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English: The Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) stands seemingly undamaged (although having been directly hit several times and damaged severely) while entire area surrounding it is completely devastated. The Hauptbahnhof (Köln Central Station) and Hohenzollern Bridge lie damaged to the north and east of the cathedral. Germany, 24 April 1945.
Deutsch: Der trotz mehrer direkter Treffer scheinbar unbeschädigt wirkende Kölner Dom steht inmitten der vollständig zerstörten Innenstadt von Köln. Hinter der Kathedrale ist der zerstörte Hauptbahnhof, so wie weiter östlich die eingestürzte Hohenzollernbrücke zu erkennen. Deutschland, 24 April 1945.
Source ARC Identifier: 531287; U.S. Defense Visual Information Center photo HD-SN-99-02996 [1]
Author U.S. Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. [2]
Other versions Derivative works of this file:  Koeln 1945-sharpened-resized.jpg
Camera location50° 55′ 54.16″ N, 6° 57′ 04.52″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMapinfo


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current08:50, 10 August 2012Thumbnail for version as of 08:50, 10 August 20122,919 × 2,092 (1.94 MB)Martin Kraft (talk | contribs)sharpend, colorcorrected, straigthend (and cropped)
15:16, 6 April 2008Thumbnail for version as of 15:16, 6 April 20083,000 × 2,395 (1.44 MB)Cobatfor (talk | contribs)
21:16, 10 June 2005Thumbnail for version as of 21:16, 10 June 2005588 × 470 (234 KB)Schaengel89~commonswiki (talk | contribs)sparpend
17:30, 20 April 2005Thumbnail for version as of 17:30, 20 April 2005588 × 470 (128 KB)W.wolny (talk | contribs)post worked version
08:23, 12 February 2005Thumbnail for version as of 08:23, 12 February 2005600 × 489 (104 KB)Elya (talk | contribs)Cologne Cathedral stands undamaged while entire area surrounding it is completely devastated. Railroad station and Hohenzollern Bridge lie damaged to the north and east of the cathedral. Germany, April 24, 1945.

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