Cologne Cathedral

Domkloster 4
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.

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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 144.5 meters (474 ft) long, 86.5 m (284 ft) wide and its towers are approximately 157 meters (515 ft) tall.

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  • Places of Worship, Religious Buildings

    Cologne Cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Kings. The church was to be built in the Gothic style, based in particular on the French cathedral of Amiens. The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1248.
  • World Heritage Site

    In 1996, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites.


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