Saturday, May 19, 2007

Original Eau de Cologne


How about for saturday night fever or whatever nice of evening plan an information about this,so you will not forget to put on some fragrance :-) This is "4711 Original Eau de Cologne Fountain". It can't be separate from Cologne itself (very typical Cologne). During the French occupation of Cologne in 1796,the French Commander General Daurier ordered that all buildings should be consecutively numbered. Wilhelm Muelhens' house was given the number 4711 which later on in 1875 registered as the company's trademark and this number still use until now days and the original building is still there today.This "aqua mirabilis" which now well-known as Eau de Cologne was a secret recipe given to Mr. and Mrs.Muelhens as a wedding gift by Carthusian monk in 1792. It is allow to take a splash in this fountain when you're inside with your hands but I'm not sure if you allow to bring your own bottle to fill in :-) as often heard as a joke among tourist when they get inside instead of only make their hands wet :-) The building located in Glockengasse number 4711,ask anyone (not tourist) and they can point where about.It is open all year around.Inside is also the historical exhibition featured valuable pieces from over 200 years of 4711 Original Eau de Cologne and outside on top of the building has a carillon with its historical equestrian figures revolve to the strains of the Marsellaise every hour and you can hear the nice music between 9 am and 7 pm. Here is the building from outside...

10 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I think your photographs are very nice. I like both of them. I have only one complaint.

I am old. That means my eyes are old too, but it isn't that. It is the your choice of colors is not easy to read. Black on grey or gray is not much contrast. The most contrast in the world is black on yellow. There are few instances where black on yellow looks good but the next closest is black on white or white on black or white on grey or gray.

I am not able to read black lettering on gray. Sorry. So I have no idea what you might have said that I have missed.

Araham Lincoln

Beetle said...

Thanks,Abe! I hope this is now clear enough for you...tell me if still NOT

Dina said...

The building looks so old in comparison with the one next to it! Nice Photos and i like what you wrote too!! thanks for visiting my blog.

The Salems said...

like that fountain by the way

Dick said...

Hi good story, I remember the name 4711 Eau de Cologne since I was a kid but never know all these things. Thank you for your information and thanks for visiting.
I think Abraham has a good point about the colors (I am not old but also not the youngest).

TeamSplashi said...

Once again you proved that you are excellent photographer.
Great job.
Cheers

April said...

Yes, this is very interesting for tourists and you have done a fine job to show it in this blog.

Martel said...

Thank you for your passage on my blog. The photograph is very beautiful and thank you for the history.

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Keropok Man said...

wow!

i must visit this place one day.

that place must smell very good!
have you sneaked in a bottle before? :-)

Beetle said...

lol :-)) I often went there to wash my hands after eaten use hands only!