Colognian Bones und Vinyl Sermon


This Monday has been tedious to say the least. Let’s look at what I experienced during the weekend instead. It’s a picture parade because see first sentence.

We went into the St Ursula’s church because Renate said there were some bones worth seeing there. In the Golden Chamber, they of the church contains the alleged remains of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins who are said to have been killed by the Huns, possibly around the time of the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. The original legend said only 11 virgins accompanied St. Ursula but the number grew over time, eventually to 11,000. The walls of the Golden Chamber are covered in bones arranged in designs and/or letters along with relic skulls. The exact number of people whose remains are in the Golden Chamber remains ambiguous but the number of skulls in the reliquary is greater than 11 and less than 11,000. These remains were found in 1106 in a mass grave and were assumed to be those of the legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000 virgins. Therefore, the church constructed the Golden Chamber to house the bones. The bones themselves are neatly arranged in “zigzags and swirls and even in the shapes of Latin words.”

Lower picture: Quotes of clerics in the resistance to the Nazis. “I do not want to be accused of being a silent dog”.


After the Bones Church, we went to a cat cafe. Where the cats refused to interact with us. Fail.


I had lovely Renate with me though so that kind of made up for the boring cats.


Dinner was spent with Maike. Maike now owns a grammophone.


On Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting a very nice recommended friend, Laura, a real Düsseldorfer. We went to Parklife, an event where Düsseldorf tries to get people back into the parks but unfortunately it only took 10 minutes before it starting raining in a way that only Düsseldorf can manage: getting soaked wet within 7 minutes. My dress is still drying today.

After the failed Parklife attempt, we continued to the Church because they arranged something as innovative as a vinyl sermon. A DJ had records with him, people gathered on sofas in the side aisle and then he played song about God by Stevie Wonder, Björk and lots of artists I did not know. My favorite was “One of the broken” by Prefab Sprout. I might drop that name next time someone thinks I have no clue about indie bands and impress my counterpart.


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