#10 Roman Emperor Trajan visits Cologne

#10 Roman Emperor Trajan visits Cologne The History of Cologne

VIP visit to our city on the Rhine. The heir to the throne Marcus Ulpius Traianus visits Cologne in the years 97/98. What he does not know, he will find out here that he is the new emperor. And this helps Cologne to an unprecedented upswing. For a few months, Cologne becomes the residence city of the Roman Empire. With Trajan, a golden age for Cologne begins that would last for 150 years.
Emperor Trajan

VIP visit to our city on the Rhine. The heir to the throne Marcus Ulpius Traianus visits Cologne in the years 97/98. What he does not know, he will find out here that he is the new emperor. And this helps Cologne to an unprecedented upswing. For a few months Cologne becomes the residence city of the Roman Empire. With Trajan, a golden age for Cologne begins that would last for 150 years.

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#45 Anno II – The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century The History of Cologne

Why did Anno II gouge out the eyes of all his jurymen in Cologne, according to legend? In the second half of the 11th century, Anno II ruled over the city of Cologne. With a lively building activity in the city, he is immortalized in the cityscape to this day. Also art, culture and trade prospered under his rule. And the veneration of St. George gave Anno unprecedented greatness here on the Rhine.
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The Golden Era of the Roman Empire under Trajan

Rome at its height under emperor Trajan in 177. Click on the image to enlarge. Cologne is “Colonia Agrippina”.

Cologne’s Cardo Maximus/present-day “Hohe Straße” (engl.: “High Street”)

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE: Took this image in 2018 when I had the opportunity to take a two seater. Thank God, the weather was sunny. 🙂
Present-day Hohe Straße. It has remained it original course throughout 2,000 years of history. Walking here is walking through Roman Cologne basically. Picture taken by me in January 2020.

Capitoline Hill in Cologne

In the background you can see Cologne’s Capitoline Hill. The narrow, urban development unfortunately blocks our view. But you may notice that the church building is much higher than the surrounding street levels. I could only take the picture itself from the year 2015 because the building directly in front of me had been demolished. In the meantime there is of course a new building there, which isolates Capitoline Hill even more from the rest of the city. There was already a pagan-roman temple here 2,000 years ago. Later it was converted into a church. The present church “St. Mary in the Capitol” is already almost 1,000 years old. It was heavily destroyed in the 2nd World War. Only in 1984 it was rebuilt.

Trajan gets the news while his visit in Cologne that he is the new Roman Emperor. Contemporary depiction from the 15th century. Chronik of Koelhoff.

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