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Cologne Cathedral
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1248-1880
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Europe, Germany, State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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Description: The construction of the Gothic masterpiece Cologne Cathedral took place in several stages; it was begun in 1248 but was not completed until 1880. Successive builders within the seven centuries were stimulated by the same faith and remained completely loyal to the original plans. Holding an exceptional intrinsic value and artistic masterpieces, Cologne Cathedral also testifies to the lasting power of European Christianity. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria) is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and is renowned as a monument of Christianity, of Gothic architecture and of the faith and perseverance of the people of the city in which it stands. It is dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cathedral is a World Heritage Site, being one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany, and Cologne's most famous landmark, described by UNESCO as an "exceptional work of human creative genius". Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's largest churches, being the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. For four years, 1880-84, it was the tallest structure in the world, until the completion of the Washington Monument followed by the Eiffel Tower. It has the second-tallest church spires, only surpassed by the single spire of Ulm Cathedral, completed ten years later in 1890. Because of its enormous twin spires, it also presents the largest facade of any church in the world. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
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Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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