Trajan in Cologne

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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How did the young Byzantine princess Theophanu become the richest woman in Europe at only 12 years old at the end of the 10th century? And how did she become the most powerful woman in Europe at the age of 24, with far-reaching effects on European history? In this episode, we will look at her breathtaking life and, of course, at the end, what all this actually has to do with Cologne itself.
  1. Theophanu
  2. How Archbishop Bruno changed the face of Cologne forever – until today
  3. Retrospective on Frankish Cologne
  4. The Archduke of Cologne
  5. From the Empire of the Franks to the Land of the Germans
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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.

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