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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 26    Cologne

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 and Gregory (now patron saints of Cologne) who perished here during the persecution of the Christians under Diocletian.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In the vestibule, ornamented with old tombstones from the ancient cloisters we were met by a dumpling of a Dutch girl, with a smiling face and soiled calico gown, who attentively showed us the objects of their adoration. The first, upon entering the main body of the church, are a series of glass cases  3 or 4 ft wide filled with “Pigeon holes”, each hole containing a skull.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The choir belongs to the 13th century but the nave beyond, is the oldest, being of the 7th century, is a decagonal vaulted cupola from the sides of which project the sarcophagi of the martyrs

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Arranged around the choir under shapely gilded arabesques are about 200 skulls some of them ornamented with velvet caps, several plaster statuetts [sic]  3 or 4 ft high were stood in conspicuous places- most prominent among them were four or five Negro cavaliers, very black with thick red lips-  We went down into the Crypt where two or three laborers were at work removing the “ancient” mosaic medallions in the floors.  They pointed out as of great

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 []-Church of St. Gereon-]

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