The Cologne Cathedral rises steeply into the sky and has always shaped the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. At 157 meters high, it is the third tallest church building in the world and its striking west facade with the two towers is the most powerful double tower front in the world.
As befits a construction project of this magnitude, the construction time of the Gothic church was misjudged: almost 600 years passed from the laying of the foundation stone in the 13th century to its completion. For centuries, the wooden construction crane erected on site to erect the towers creaked.
Today more than 20,000 people stream into the mighty church building every day. The view from the church towers is particularly worthwhile. It's a steep climb up 533 steps, but you'll be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view at the top.
The cathedral and the towers are open daily, the towers are only closed on a few public holidays.
Among other things, the Rhenish Way of St. James also leads past the Cologne Cathedral and all pilgrims receive a stamp for their pilgrim pass here.
February 15, 2018
Two decades after taking office, the Archbishop of Cologne, Anno II, was finally cross with his rebellious sheep. The arrogant Swabian ruled the city like an absolutist ruler from the start and even messed with the self-confident merchants. Finally the anger boiled over: insurgents stormed the palace of the church prince. He was just able to save himself to the cathedral and from there to the house of a canon, which stood in the Trankgasse right next to the old Roman city wall. From here an underground escape tunnel led to the other side of the stone bulwark, the archbishop was able to escape secretly.
That happened in 1074 - "at least that's what the legend says," says Cornelia Geiger. And those who follow the city guide to her favorite place will love to believe in it. The modern cathedral underground car park is the right escape hole for the old fairy tale. In addition to remnants of the ancient Roman ramparts, a walled-in shaft can be seen here, which was only added in the Middle Ages - whether or not Anno actually used this tunnel is blurred in the darkness of history. "During the construction work for the large garage in the 1970s, the finds were made," explains the 25-year-old, "they were integrated into the concrete architecture."
July 21, 2019
The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral is a goldsmith's reliquary that dates from the end of the 12th century. It is used to store bones that Archbishop Rainald von Dassel brought to Cologne in 1164 and that are venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as the relics of the Three Kings. In addition, the shrine contains the remains of Gregory of Spoleto and other parts that can no longer be assigned, but have long been attributed to Saints Felix and Nabor, to whom a Gothic window in the Michael's chapel is dedicated.
The shrine, which was made between 1190 and 1225 by the goldsmith Nikolaus von Verdun, is considered to be the largest and most artistically sophisticated reliquary that has survived from the Middle Ages. It has two floors in the form of a basilica and is decorated with golden figures, gemstone jewelry, gems, cameos and enamel, which illustrate the Christian history of salvation from the beginnings of the Old Testament to the Last Judgment. (Source: Wikipedia)
December 19, 2017
The Epiphany shrine is already an eye-catcher. It should be emphasized that the people of Cologne have brought the kings on permanent loan in Milan. There is still the stone sarcophagus empty and waiting for the return of the bones. The way of the loan led by the way over Andermatt. There still stands today the inn, where the borrowers have spent the loaned goods.
June 17, 2019
If you want to remember the year of the laying of the foundation stone for the Gothic cathedral - on August 15, 1248 by Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden - the following donkey bridge is recommended: start with (1), double (2), double (4), double (8 ), and you already have the year together ...
May 20, 2021
Congratulations to all pilgrims - for example on the Way of St. James - on their arrival in the city of the Three Kings, the "Hillije Kölle". If Cologne is not just the end point, but you want to continue on the "Camino", there are several options available from here:
-1- from Cologne west towards Aachen
-2- from Cologne southwest towards Trier
-3- from Cologne on the left bank of the Rhine towards Koblenz
May 30, 2021
The Cologne Cathedral (officially: Hohe Domkirche Sankt Peter) is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne under the patronage of the Apostle Peter. It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Cologne and Metropolitan Church of the ecclesiastical province of Cologne and was until the end of 2009, parish church of the cathedral community, but is exemt since 2010 by the parish pastoral care. The cathedral is 157.38 meters high and was the tallest building in the world from 1880 to 1884. It is the second highest church building in Europe after the Ulm Minster and the third highest in the world.
August 27, 2018
Comment on Timber: "who survived World War II almost unscathed":
There can be no question of "almost unscathed", the cathedral had also been hit by several bombs and was devastated accordingly. But at least - it was still standing. For many decades, for example, the brick seal on the north tower was a visible testimony to the war damage. Nowadays, however, it has disappeared behind the facade.
May 26, 2021
The Cologne Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the Gothic style. Its construction began in 1248 and was not completed until 1880. Some art historians have called the cathedral the "perfect cathedral" because of its uniform and balanced design.
March 4, 2020
The Cologne Cathedral - Cathedral and World Heritage Site
The absolute highlight for every Cologne and guest of this city!
Opening hours daily:
November - April / 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
May - October / 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sightseeing on Sundays and public holidays
December 5, 2016
Fountain in the former west atrium of the early medieval predecessor of today's Gothic cathedral.
The well shaft is in its original place and can be reached on the first floor of the parking garage, which is located below the cathedral.
Quote, taken from the notice board there.
July 11, 2019
The Cologne Cathedral is the landmark of Cologne, visible from afar, and the center of the city. After Ulm Minster, Cologne Cathedral is the second tallest church in Germany and the third tallest church in the world.
October 29, 2020
The High Cathedral of Cologne - cathedral and world cultural heritage
The absolute highlight for every Cologne resident and guest of this city!
Opening times daily:
November - April / 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
May - October / 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Visits on Sundays and public holidays
1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
April 15, 2018
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