From the river, in 1752, an emigrant family must have seen the crane that stood over the famous Gothic cathedral, which had been under construction for 500 years. The cathedral contains relics of the Three Magi, making the city an important place of pilgrimage.

Cologne is one of the most important cities in German history, and one of the oldest. The Romans declared it a city in 50 A.D., a hundred years after Caesar had conquered Gaul to the banks of the Rhine. They called it Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium. The "permanent" bridge they built over the Rhine in 310 was gone long before Jakob’s family passed through.

The citizens of Cologne took power from the archbishops in 1288 and governed the city themselves until the French occupied the city in 1794. During this period it became an important and wealthy trading city of the Hanseatic League.

"Eau de Cologne" was first produced in 1709.
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