"Cologne Cathedral" Cologne Cathedral/ Kölner Dom Tip by Tom_Fields
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The Dom is the largest Gothic-style Cathedral in the world. Its huge towers stand 147 meters (515 feet) tall, making them the tallest in the world when they were completed in 1880. Construction had begun in 1248, making this a really long-term project. The work had been interrupted several times.
The cathedral contains the holy relics of the Magi (the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus in the New Testament). Another gem is the Cross of Gero, the oldest surviving monumental crucifix in northern Europe, carved in 976.
While Allied bombing devastated the city in World War II (one raid involved over a thousand planes), the cathedral escaped with only minor damage. This is one of the very few pre-war buildings still standing in Cologne.
If you hike up to the stairs to the viewing platform, 312 feet above street level, you'll be treated to a fine view of the city and the Rhine River.
Address: Am Hof, Köln, Germany
Directions: On the west bank of the Rhine, just south of the Hauptbanhoff rail station. Hour: Daily 6am-7:30pm, except during religious services. Towers are open daily 10:00-6:00.
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