[Ed. – You know why. A melancholy irony that the cathedral, which took over 600 years to complete, survived extensive damage in WWII, but never needed security until now.]
Cologne Cathedral is to introduce stringent new security measures amid ongoing security fears, with worshippers’ bags being searched and private security drafted in.
Cathedral provost Gerd Bachner told a press conference on Saturday that people “must not be afraid” when they visit the building.
“We have to do more to ensure safety,” the provost said. However, that personnel should still act “proportionately”.
From 1 March, there will be a ban on bringing large suitcases, travel bags, and hiking bags into the cathedral. Kölnischer Rundschau also reports that a private security firm will join the traditional cathedral vergers in policing worshippers, including performing random bag and pocket checks at the entrances to the building.