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Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral is the largest cathedral of Germany and once the tallest building in the world. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. The Cologne Cathedral was built in the 1248-1880, with interruptions, it took 632 years! The Cologne Cathedral was built mostly according to medieval plans and drawings, but utilising more modern construction methods. Cologne Cathedral was modelled after Chartres Cathedral in France. The completion of the cathedral was celebrated as a national event in 1880 and was attended by Emperor Wilhelm I. The 24-ton 'Sankt Petrus Glocke'  (St. Peter's Bell) is the largest free-swinging bell in the world. The 'Sankt Petrus Glocke', also known as 'Dicker Pitter', was cast in 1923. The bell hangs in the belfry of the South tower of Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Cathedral houses the relics of the Three Kings. The shrine of the Three Kings was made around 1200 and is the most important reliquary in the Western World. The relics of the Three Kings have made Cologne Cathedral famous. The Cologne Cathedral is a major Christian pilgrimage destination in Germany, along with Aachen Cathedral. The cathedrals are located on the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The Cologne Cathedral survived WWII. The cathedral was hit by 14 aerial bombs but did not collapse. The twin spires of Cologne Cathedral are said to have been used as a navigational landmark by Allied aircraft during WWII. The restoration of Cologne Cathedral was completed in 1956. Cologne Cathedral gained status as UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

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Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880, with interruptions, it took 632 years! It is the largest cathedral in Germany and...

Cologne Cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880, with interruptions, it took 632 years! It is the largest cathedral in Germany and once the tallest building in the world. Cologne Cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Kings, also known as the Three Magi. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. Cologne Cathedral is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  1. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880, with interruptions, it took 632 years! It is the largest cathedral in Germany and...

    Cologne Cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880, with interruptions, it took 632 years! It is the largest cathedral in Germany and once the tallest building in the world. Cologne Cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Kings, also known as the Three Magi. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. Cologne Cathedral is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  2. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The towers are 157 meter high. Cologne Cathedral was completed in 1880, 632 years after construction began. Cologne...

    Cologne Cathedral: The towers are 157 meter high. Cologne Cathedral was completed in 1880, 632 years after construction began. Cologne Cathedral was built mostly according to medieval plans and drawings, but utilising modern construction methods. The completion of Cologne Cathedral was celebrated as a national event, it was attended by Emperor Wilhelm I, the Kaiser. 

  3. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The statues of the Main portal of the west façade. The three portals of west façade are the Main...

    Cologne Cathedral: The statues of the Main portal of the west façade. The three portals of west façade are the Main Portal, St. Peter's Portal and Portal of the Three Kings, also known as the Magi Portal. The west façade is the largest church façade in the world. Cologne Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne.

  4. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The mosaic floor. The 1350 square metres mosaic floor is the largest piece of art in Cologne Cathedral. The cathedral...

    Cologne Cathedral: The mosaic floor. The 1350 square metres mosaic floor is the largest piece of art in Cologne Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches north of the Alps. The total area of the cathedral measures 8000 square metres and has room more than 20,000 people.

  5. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The Shrine of the Three Kings, or Three Magi, holds three golden crowned skulls believed to belong to the Three Magi. The...

    Cologne Cathedral: The Shrine of the Three Kings, or Three Magi, holds three golden crowned skulls believed to belong to the Three Magi. The shrine was made around 1200, it is the most important reliquary in the Western World. The relics of the Three Kings have made Cologne Cathedral an important pilgrimage destination for centuries.

  6. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: Station of the Cross 14, Jesus is laid in the tomb. The cathedral is situated along the Route of Santiago de...

    Cologne Cathedral: Station of the Cross 14, Jesus is laid in the tomb. The cathedral is situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The relics of the Three Magi, the Three Kings, were donated to Cologne Cathedral in 1164 by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The shrine of the Three Magi has attracted pilgrims for centuries.

  7. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The 14th century Clara Altar in one of the chapels of the cathedral. The Clare Altar is made up of a large number of...

    Cologne Cathedral: The 14th century Clara Altar in one of the chapels of the cathedral. The Clare Altar is made up of a large number of panels, the panels are separated by carvings in the Gothic style. The Clara Altar was originally painted for a 14th century Franciscan nunnery in Cologne, it depicts scenes from the life of the Saviour.

  8. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The Jeweled Madonna, the Schmuckmadonna, with votive gifts. The Jeweled Madonna is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The votive...

    Cologne Cathedral: The Jeweled Madonna, the Schmuckmadonna, with votive gifts. The Jeweled Madonna is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The votive gifts are pinned to the white silk dress of the Jeweled Madonna. The miracle-working Jeweled Madonna dates from the 17th century. Until today, the statue attracts the attention of pilgrims.

  9. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The 10th century crucifix of Bishop Gero is known as the Gero Cross. The Gero Cross (German: Gero-Kreuz) is the...

    Cologne Cathedral: The 10th century crucifix of Bishop Gero is known as the Gero Cross. The Gero Cross (German: Gero-Kreuz) is the oldest surviving monumental crucifix north of the Alps. The is a treasure of Ottonian Romanesque art and was carved in a style ahead of its time. The Gero Cross is one of the major pilgrim stops in Cologne Cathedral.

  10. Cologne Cathedral - A pinnacle of Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Cathedral survived WWII, it was hit by fourteen aerial bombs but did not collapse. The twin spires of...

    A pinnacle of Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Cathedral survived WWII, it was hit by fourteen aerial bombs but did not collapse. The twin spires of Cologne Cathedral are said to have been used as a navigational landmark by Allied aircraft during WWII. Most of the restoration of the cathedral was completed in 1956.

  11. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: One of the spires. Cologne Cathedral has eleven church bells. The Sankt Petrus Glocke (St. Peter's Bell), also known as...

    Cologne Cathedral: One of the spires. Cologne Cathedral has eleven church bells. The Sankt Petrus Glocke (St. Peter's Bell), also known as Dicker Pitter, was cast in 1923. The 24-ton Sankt Petrus Glocke is the largest free-swinging bell in the world. Cologne Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.

  12. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The main portal and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics of the Three Kings were donated...

    Cologne Cathedral: The main portal and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics of the Three Kings were donated to Cologne Cathedral in 1164. These relics made Cologne Cathedral one of the most important pilgrimage destination for centuries. The Cathedral Treasury houses religious art and clothing, and medieval goldsmiths works.

  13. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The Porch of the Three Kings, also known as the Magi Portal. The tympanum depicts the Appearance of the son of God to the...

    Cologne Cathedral: The Porch of the Three Kings, also known as the Magi Portal. The tympanum depicts the Appearance of the son of God to the peoples of the world. In 1945, American troops used Cologne Cathedral as a rifle range, the original heads of the statues on the doorposts were damaged during WWII and replaced in 1958-1960. 

  14. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral: The main portal is adorned with the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the large statues on the doorposts depict...

    Cologne Cathedral: The main portal is adorned with the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the large statues on the doorposts depict biblical figures, such as John the Baptist, Moses and Noah. Cologne Cathedral was modelled after Chartres Cathedral in France. Cologne Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

  15. Cologne Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral had no towers for more than 350 years, it was not until 1880 that the towers were erected. They were built in the Gothic...

    Cologne Cathedral had no towers for more than 350 years, it was not until 1880 that the towers were erected. They were built in the Gothic style, according to the original plans from 1248. In 1880, the completion of Cologne Cathedral was celebrated, the celebration was attended by the German Emperor Wilhelm I.