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The Cologne Cathedral

It takes me less than one hour from my home to drive to Cologne City.
One of the strongest signs of christianity in Europe is the cathedral in Cologne. The construction material are sand stones which are very much under stress from whether, environmental condition and the excrements of birds, mainly doves. Therefore, repair is a permanent task of the building administration and is evidenced in this picture.

Cathedral building started 1248, completion 1880. Germany's largest Cathedral, five-aisled Gothic basilica with tripleaisled transept. Sepulchral church of the three Magi. Episcopal, chapter and pilgrimage church. Interior: Golden shrine of the three Magi (around 1200). Gero crucifix, first monumental crucifix in Northern Europe (before 1000). Altar painting of the city's patron saints by Stephan Lochner (around 1450). Stained glass windows (mediaeval: 1350sq.m.). Carved choir stalls and choir screen paintings (14th c.). ?Swallow's nest? organ in the central nave (since 1998; weight: 30 tons).

  • Last visit to Cologne: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2004
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