Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus, Latin: Ecclesia Cathedralis Sanctorum Petri, English: Cathedral Church of Saint Peter) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 157 m (515 ft) tall.
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. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires. The towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church.
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”.
Here’s a little picture I taken of the Köln Dom. The rail bridge to the right in the picture has lots of padlocks on it from couples all over the world. The bridge was blown up during the war. (I don’t have a have any pictures of that but there plenty online). An old Roman city on the banks of the Rhine, it has lots of history dating over 2000 years. A shame that the Islam is hell bent on attempting to destroy the fabric of the city. The city also is home to many engineering companies such as the Ford Werks and Deutz diesel engines. The local beer Kolsch always goes down a treat. A city that I wouldn’t go to out of choice for a holiday, but I always enjoying spending a day exploring the city and if you get the chance to go it’s worth it.
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