Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that can be found in Cologne, Germany.  It is also the main home of the Cologne Archbishop and considered as an important testimonial to Christianity in Germany. The Cologne Cathedral was built in the Gothic style and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Peter. It is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is known for its architecture and was described by UNESCO as an “exceptional work of human genius.” It is also considered as Germany’s most visited tourist attraction, that has an average of 20,000 tourists per day.
History of the Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral in Germany
The present Cologne Cathedral was built on the site of a Roman temple from the 4th century that is known as the “old cathedral.” This old cathedral was completed in the year 818 and it was burnt in the year 12487. While on August 15th of 1248, the construction of the present Cologne Cathedral began. Since then, there were several structures added during different centuries. The eastern portion of the of the Cologne Cathedral was completed in the year 1322 under the supervision of Master Gerhard. The construction of the towers began in the 14th century under the supervision of Master Michael, however, the work stopped and the southern tower was incomplete until finally, in the 18th century, the towers were completed and bells were added to them.
The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany stands at a height of 157.25 meters high and is considered as Germany’s second largest and worlds third largest structure. The construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century, and it took about 632 years to complete the whole structure. Cologne Cathedral is about 144 meters long and its towers are about 157 meters high and 86 meters broad.
Cologne Cathedral at night