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Cologne's Hohe Domkirche St. Peter Und Maria is one of the largest in the world.
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Cologne’s Hohe Domkirche St. Peter Und Maria

Cologne Cathedral

At 157 meters (515 feet), Cologne’s Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria is the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world (after Seville and Milan).

Actually, for the eight year period from 1880 to '88, it was the tallest building of any type in the world. The ground it sits on was the site of a house of worshipPeople in the cathedral at Cologne/Köln long before the cathedral was constructed, first as a Roman temple, then an early Christian church.

The present structure took over six centuries to build. Begun in the year 1248, the building was stopped in 1510 because of lack of funds. With financial aid of the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV and Archbishop Johannes von Geissel, construction was resumed in 1842 and completed in 1880. The facade with the twin towers is impressive in its scale and intricacy. Inside the cathedral is what many would consider to be the most important shrine of the western world, the Shrine of the Magi, said to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men.

The cathedral has a lot of stained glass windows.

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