First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…
FOLIO XC verso and XCI recto

The City of Cologne (Colonia) is depicted by a woodcut that extends across folios XC verso and XCI recto. This woodcut has been specially designed for the Cologne, and appears nowhere else in the Chronicle to represent any other city. This is made certain by the coats of arms suspended form the tower of the fortress on the left. On each of these three shields are inscribed the three crowns, emblematic of the Three Kings of Cologne, and which appear in the arms of the city. Immediately before us swiftly flows the Rhine, upon which rides a medieval craft with a number of people aboard. They are waving farewell to a group of three persons who stand behind the seawall along the bank.

The city itself is represented as a walled town containing a number of churches. The tower of the great Cathedral, or Dom, is shown only to the third story, and the body of the edifice is still in course of construction, as stated in the text. The Cathedral was not completed until the 19th century. This structure became the symbol of the city, and is one of the greatest of all Gothic buildings. It stands on a slight eminence about 60 feet above the Rhine. Its towers, 512 feet in height, were for a long time the tallest structures in Europe.