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Köln Cathedral. Not a great photo, but it has a great story.

In 1958, I stayed in the Hotel Deutzer-Hof in Köln. It was a WWII bunker, and it had no windows, only slots through its thick concrete walls. In my room, this "window" looked southwest toward the famous cathedral: this was the view.

Once when I came into the room, I happened to close the door before I turned on the light, and I saw an amazing thing. On the wall opposite the window, I saw this same image, upside-down, with the spires hanging down like stalactites. I was inside a box camera or camera obscura!

I wish I could map the photo. All I know is that it was across the river, northeast of the cathedral.

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  • Uploaded on May 18, 2012
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: SF-Nikon LS-5000
    • Taken on 2012/04/07 12:20:12