Cologne Cathedral/ Kölner Dom, Cologne

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  • Climbing Koeln Dom

    by Mariajoy Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    The building of Cathedral of Cologne was started in 1270 and took 600 years to complete (a bit like this page :)). It is situated right next to Central Station so you can't miss it! It is free to enter but there are churchmen in red robes standing about with collection boxes hanging round their necks should you feel inclined to make a donation. Unfortunately there was scaffolding up one of the towers when we visited and some necessary restoration work - if I come back in another 5 years it might be finished.

    A ticket to the top of the Suedturm (south tower) will cost you 2 Euro - but be prepared it is a LONG hard climb if you aren't very fit. Fortunately my friend and I had no problems and we gave ourselves a pat on the back for making it to the top without the need for resuscitation.

    The spiral stairwell is VERY narrow and people will be coming down as you are going up and vice versa - and with rucksacks and/or carrying children it is a wonder there aren't more accidents.

    Opening times are:
    Jan-Feb 9am-4pm
    Mar-Apr 9am-5pm
    May-Sep 9am-6pm
    Oct 9am-5pm
    Nov-Dec 9am-4pm

    Inside the cathedral

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    Koelner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    If you arrive in Cologne by train, the first thing you will see when you leave the station is the Dom. This one is particularly famous for a number of reasons, the most recent probably was the fact that the Cathedral was still standing after the merciless bombing that was suffered by the City in WWII. It took 14 hits but still didn't fall. It was restored by 1956.
    The Dom is also known for having the largest facade of any cathedral in the world. It stole this honour from the Cathedral of Strasbourg in the 13th century andwas for a long time the world's tallest building.
    Significant features include the reliquary of the Maji (Wise Men) and the beautiful altar of the Jewelled Madonna. The statue features Mary and Child but the robes are completely covered in items of jewellery and precious stones which have been given as gifts over the centuries.

    Side view from the Hbf. Steeples under constant repair. Altar of the Jewelled Madonna A closer look The High Altar
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    Kölner Dom - Gero Crucifix

    by Diana75 Written Jan 8, 2006

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    This magnificent wooden crucifix was donated by Archbishop Gero and is the oldest monumental figure of the Crucified Christ that is still in existence
    In the Old Cathedral the crucifix was placed in the centre of the church near Gero's tomb.
    In the new Cathedral it was placed around 1270 above the Altar of the Chapel of Saint Stephen, and around 1350 it was moved to its actual place on the east wall of the Chapel of the Cross.

    Gero Crucifix
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    Kölner Dom - Western Façade Portals

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    On the Western Facade of the Kolner Dom are three portals

    Each portal on the western facade has one door, while the middle portal has two.

    The middle portal, called also the main portal, is 9.30 meters wide and, including its gable, more than 28 meters high.
    To the left is the portal of the Three Holy Kings which shows the presentation of the Son of God to the peoples of the world.
    To the right is the Peter's Portal which refers to the spreading of the teachings of Christ through the apostles.

    All three portals also celebrate the most important saints of the Cathedral.

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    Climb the cathedral tower

    by yumyum Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    Now, this is great but only if you can manage 509 steps each way. Most of the way it's a narrow spiral staircase with hot stuffy air. People come down the same staircase. When you think that you are almost at the top, there is suddenly fresh air and have arrived at a floor with stone benches for a break. You won't see anything from there but continue a bit further up on an airy metal staircase.

    On the top you are rewarded with splendid views over Cologne. You can walk right around and will feel like a bird in a cage.

    For this fun you pay 2 Euro, kids and students 1 Euro.

    staircase to the moon - well not quite :)
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    Get inSPIREd by this Gothic masterpiece.........

    by jackfruit Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    Right from the moment you step out of the train station, the spires of this gigantic cathedral hold your attention. When you are walking the shores of the Rhine near the Rhein-garten or people watching near the busy Am Hof, the cathedral forms a majestic backdrop for this once powerful medieval city.

    Entrance is on the side closest to the train station. Free. Hours are 6am to 7pm every day, although when i visited (saturday before easter), it was open well past 8pm.

    The cathedral was begun in 1248, but it took until 1880 to complete it. After being completly bombed in WWII, it took some major reconstruction to restore the cathedral to it's previous majesty. The great bell of the south tower called the Kaiserglocke, which was originally a french cannon captured during the Franco Prussian war, is one of the largest in the world. The cathedral is most famous for it's shrine of the Magi, which is reputed to contain the bones of the 3 wise men who brought gifts to the infant baby Jesus.

    View from the Nave
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    Cologne Cathedral

    by yumyum Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    I visited the cathedral now for the third time this year. Since it's such an impressive structure with so many details, you can visit it many times and still discover more.

    On this visit I stayed for the midday prayer at 12 o'clock noon time. Attendants hand out leafleats with the prayer in several languages. The service takes half an hour and is worth listening to as you get twice to hear the organ music. The only thing that put me off, was the incredible noise the fenced off tourists made by the main entrance while the service was held. It was actually hard to understand the priest although they use loud speakers.

    If you want more information on the cathedral you can buy a leaflet for one Euro. They are available in many languages.

    The cathedral is very old and part of today's structure was first consecrated in 1322. The cathedral contains many chapels and is the burial ground for archbishops.

    part of front view
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    The Kölner Dom

    by Diana75 Written Jan 8, 2006

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    The history of the Cologne Cathedral begins in 870 and suffered different changes until 1164, when the archbishop Rainald von Dassel brought the relics of the three Magi to Cologne.
    The building of the new Gothic cathedral begun in 1248 and in 1322 the Gothic choir was consecrated.
    Due to the lack of money the works to the Cathedral were stopped for some years.
    Following the arrival of the French troups in Cologne in 1794, the cathedral served during many years profane purposes (e.g. as a warehouse), being consecrated again as a church in 1801 and the works begun again.
    During the Second World War the Cologne Cathedral was hit by 14 large aerial bombs, but survived.

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    Cathedral - interior

    by yumyum Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    If you are already stunned by the height of the cathedral from the outside, wait till you get inside! It's absolutely amazing.

    There are many beautiful tinted glass windows and chapels which are the burial places to an archbishop. One of the highlights is the Shrine of the Three Magi, which is entirely in gold.

    Take a seat while you are there, so that you can look at the high ceilings too.

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    Koln Cathedral

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 2, 2009

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    Cologne Cathedral is a World Heritage Site and is one of the best known architectural monuments in Germany and Cologne's most famous. It is 144.5 metres long, 86.5 m wide and its two towers are 157 m tall. The 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. It is one of the world's largest churches and the largest Gothic Church in Northern Europe. It was the tallest structure in the world from 1880-1884 until the construction of the Washington Monument. It possessed the second-tallest church spires only surpassed by the single spire of Ulm Cathedral completed in 1890. It holds the position of the largest facade of any church in the world. The church construction began in 1248 and took over 600 years to construct when it was finalized in 1880. It was built atop a grain store that was succeeded by a Roman Temple built by Mercurius Augustus which was followed by 4th century Christian buildings including a square edifice that was commissioned by Maternus as the oldest cathedral at that time. In 1164 the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainald of Dassel acquired relics of the Three Kings which had been taken from Milan in Italy by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa and were properly housed on this spot. The foundation stones laid on August 15, 1248. When construction stopped in the 1800's, it wasn't until 1842 that a civic effort raised two thirds of the enormous costs to resume work on the original design of the surviving medieval plans and drawings and the bells were installed in the 1870s. The completion in 1880 was celebrated as a national event, 632 years after construction began. The cathedral suffered fourteen hits by aerial bombs during World War II. It did not collapse, but stood tall in an otherwise flattened city. Believers said it was divine intervention. In June 1945, the cathedral was abused as a rifle range by American troops. The repairs to the building were completed in 1956. On August 25, 2007, the cathedral received a new stained glass in the south transept window. With 113 square metres of glass, the window was created by the German artist Gerhard Richter. In 1996, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites. In 2004 it was placed on the "World Heritage in Danger" list due to nearby high-rise building and its visual impact upon the site, as the only Western site in danger. The cathedral was removed from the List of In Danger Sites in 2006, following the authorities' decision to limit the heights of buildings constructed near and around the cathedral. The cathedral is open every day from 6.00am to 7.30pm; admission is free except for tower ascent and the treasury. Visitors can climb 509 steps of the spiral staircase to a viewing platform about 98 metres above the ground. [abstracted from Wikipedia and the Cathedral's information pamphlets : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_Cathedral]

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    Cathedral

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Ok the cathedral is huge and is the dominant feature of Cologne but I thought it could do with a good clean up - perhaps thats what was happening with all the scaffolding around it :-S Anyway this shot of some of the steeples and spires was about the best I could muster. These spires and steeples actually complete the largest facade - at 200 feet widde and 515 high - of any church in christendom.

    Go inside too - its free - and have a look at some of the treasures inside. On a gloomy October day that was probably the best option anyway.
    There are fees for guided tours - English tours start at 10.30am and 2.30pm and last about 45 mins.

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    See the magnificent Kölner Dom

    by BillNJ Updated May 27, 2008

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    The Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. Construction of the cathedral began in 1248 -- and it was not completed until 1880.

    With this tip, I have included the link to the Wikipedia entry that provides the dimensions and other relevant facts about the Cathedral. To really appreciate this magnificent structure, though, you need to see it in person.

    View from across the Rhine River
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    Cathedral Treasure

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    Ok enough of the exterior of the cathedral lets go have a look inside - there is no admission charge but you do need to have a guide for the choir area. The main treasure here is the "Shrine of the Three Kings", which is behind the high altar. Its a materpiece of goldsmith's art and took 40 years to complete (begun 1181).

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    The Dom

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    Cologne's cathedral is justifiably famous. Many such structures disappoint on first view due to their somewhat smaller than imagined stature. Not so the massive 157 meter towers that rise from the Gothic Dom. Its building was no less an undertaking, spanning nearly 600 years from 1248 to 1842. Odd as it may seem, despite heavy bombing the seeming easy target escaped with nary a scratch. To truly appreciate it, get to the other side of the Rhine where you can take the massive structure in.

    the view of the Dom from across the Rhine
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    Dom

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    The twin spires of the cathedral, built only in the 19th century, are a symbol of the city. The first Christian church, where a Roman temple once stood, was built in 320 and its font can still be seen inside the cathedral. The construction of the present cathedral, consecrated to St. Peter (protector of Germany), started in 1248 to be a fitting home for the Shrine of the Three Kings.
    On the occasion of the 700th anniversary, the sculptor Matare de3signed bronze doors for the south portal.
    TO BE CONTINUED

    the southern portal the main portal the left wing portal the right wing portal the twin towers

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