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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral is one of the country's most-visited landmarks. Its imposing spires are visible from many locations around the city. This is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, measuring 144 m (474 ft) long, 86 m (284 ft) wide, and 157 m (515 ft) high. Begun in 1248, the cathedral wasn't finished until 1880, when its two spires gave it the largest facade of any church in the world. The city's medieval builders planned this grand structure as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite being left incomplete for so many centuries, the cathedral was always seen as a masterpiece of architecture and an important reminder of Christianity's strength in medieval Europe. For unbeatable views of the surrounding area, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. To visit Cologne Cathedral on your holiday in Cologne, and find out what else Cologne has to offer, use our Cologne trip builder.
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Beautiful building, it is really huge! The good thing is that it is just next to the central station, so when you go out of the station the Dom just takes your breath away.
Excelente muestra de arquitectura al estilo gótico. Cuando realice la visita estaba una parte en mantenimiento, pero igual se podia perfectamente apreciar su belleza.Excellent example of Gothic architecture. When the visit was a part in maintenance, but equally it could fully appreciate its beauty.show original
It is 38 years since I last visited Cologne Cathedral. I remember being very impressed the last time but I was somewhat disappointed this time. Maybe it’s because I have visited so many very impressiv... read more »
Don't miss going up to the top. It's not for the faint of heart and well worth the view and exhilaration. It's only €4 and the stairs are 157 m straight up. Sorry, no elevator. Or 530 steps. Go down the stairs to the right of the Dom to find the entrance.
Cologne Cathedral is the biggest cathedral in Germany. I really felt speechless about its grandeur and hugeness when stood at its front. It was built in 13C but the construction has been dragged for more than 300 years but still unfinished. Due to lacking of financial funding, it was abandoned in the 16C. Napoleon has used the abandoned cathedral as prison and stable during his rule on Cologne. Luckily a Prussian paid for the construction in The 19C and it was finally completed in 1880 with a height of 155m, which is the highest building in the world at that time. Miraculously it was survived without much damage from WWII and preserved as a UNESCO world heritage until now. It is amazing to see the sunlight penetrating through stained glasses cast colourful shadow onto the praying hall of the church. Also, to climb up to the top of the church is an overwhelming experience that you can see clearly the details of features at the roof level.
Nelson Fernández Provecho
I'm from León (Spain) which has a great and beautiful Gothic cathedral I've always defend as the best one in the world, but when I saw the Cologne Cathedral for the very first time I was shocked for its height and its many details on its façade. I fell in love with it
Amazimg. Mesmerising. Walk up the cathedral is exhausting but worth it. View from top is awesome.
Piece of crap! I fell down as soon as I walked in... apparently there was some crap on the stairs which then made me fall down those... I was also with my family and they tripped and fell... lets just say there gone... 0/100 would not go again.
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