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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 meters long, 86 meters wide, and its towers are approximately 157 meters 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 meters 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.

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Cologne Cathedral, a Renowned Monument of Gothic Architecture

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