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  • Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the

  • Archbishop of Cologne and the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned

  • monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

  • It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.

  • Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it

  • unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in

  • 1880. It is 144 metres long, 86 m wide and its towers are approximately 157 m tall. The

  • cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest

  • spires Its two huge spires give it the largest façade of any church in the world.

  • Cologne's medieval builders had planned a grand structure to house the reliquary of

  • the Three Kings and fit its role as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite

  • having been left incomplete during the medieval period, Cologne Cathedral eventually became

  • unified as "a masterpiece of exceptional intrinsic value" and "a powerful testimony to the strength

  • and persistence of Christian belief in medieval and modern Europe".

  • As a World Heritage Site, and with its convenient position on tourist routes, Cologne Cathedral

  • is a major tourist attraction, the visitors including many who travel there as a Christian

  • pilgrimage. Visitors can climb 509 stone steps of the spiral staircase to a viewing platform

  • about 98 m above the ground. The platform gives a scenic view over the Rhine. Touring

  • the Cathedral is forbidden during Mass. Entry into the cathedral is free but you will be

  • asked for a donation.

Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the

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Cologne Cathedral, a Renowned Monument of Gothic Architecture

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