The Transcendent Significance of Cathedrals

At the south end of the main train station in Cologne, Germany, the external doors are glass. The whole wall, in fact, is a series of windows, high and wide as the lobby. I suspect it was designed this way so that the cathedral can be seen by visitors immediately upon their arrival.

Unlike from the windows of an arriving train, the cathedral cannot be seen in its entirety from within the main station. Despite the size of the wall of windows and the fact that the cathedral sits a couple hundred feet away, it is simply too large. Its signature twin gothic spires put its reach at 515 feet, but they cannot be seen until one steps outside. All that is visible is a wall like a towering wave of dark stone.