Cologne Cathedral/ Kölner Dom, Cologne

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  • Climbing Koeln Dom

    by Mariajoy Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    Inside the cathedral

    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

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    Dom (Cologne cathedral)

    by diocletianvs Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    Dom seen from the train station

    Arriving to Cologne by train awards you with one of the most breathtaking sights you can see from any train station in Europe. When the railway arrived to Cologne in 1839 the cathedral was still a big construction site and noone knew when it will be finished. (The building of the cathedral continued three years later.)
    This is why the weird decision was made to locate the main train station on the footsteps of one of Europe's most important cathedrals. The sight of the spires you see from the train station is simply breathtaking - you just have to take the right exit (since Cologne Hauptbanhof is one of Europe's largest train stations).

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    Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

    by diocletianvs Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Cologne cathedral

    The building of this Germany's largest cathedral started in the 13th Century but it took six centuries for its final completion in the 19th Century. The Cathedral holds the remains of the Three Kings and was one of the most important pilgrim churches of the Medieval Europe. Today it is one of the most visited monuments in Germany.

    The interior is interesting and shows the genuine gothic darkness. The size of the cathedral is impressive as it still dominates Cologne's skyline. I bought a postcard showing the Cathedral among the ruins of the heavily bombarded Cologne in the WWII. Apparently, the Cathedral was saved because is was used as a navigation point by British pilots.

    Did I say it was finished after 600 years? Well, officially it was. Although many tourists believe scaffoldings are the integral part of the structure they are here only for the reconstruction purposes which is apparently a continous process.

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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.

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    Kölner Dom - Gero Crucifix

    by Diana75 Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Gero Crucifix

    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.

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    Dom final stone

    by diocletianvs Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    The spires of the Cathedral reach 156 metres making it still the most important vertical dominating Cologne. The five-aisle gothic interior is so huge that St. Domnius tower of the cathedral in my birthtown Split would fit into the main nave.

    To show the size of the cathedral a replica of the final stone is placed in front of the main entrance. It is possible to climb on the towers but when I was in Cologne it was very windy and Sabsi was very successful convincing me that there are exactly 509 steps leading to the top and that there's no need to count them myself.

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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.

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    Get inSPIREd by this Gothic masterpiece.........

    by jackfruit Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    View from the Nave

    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.

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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.

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    Inside Cathedral

    by diocletianvs Written Apr 24, 2005

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    Candles inside the Cathedral

    Inside the Cathedral is very Gothic in appearance - high and dark. The space it encloses is huge: it does dominate all other buildings in Cologne but it was only inside that I became aware of its size.

    I had to check the main columns as their sections gave me troubles on my History of Gothic Architecture exam on 3rd year. At that time I did not pass the exam because I didn't know the section of the main pillars. Now it was the chance to learn in first hand from personal experience.

    We didn't go to the Treasury of the cathedral which is very famous, but instead we lit a candles and sat for a few moments in peace and meditation - something that I love about churches like this.

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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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    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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    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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    cathedral spires

    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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