Cologne Cathedral Travel Tips

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Kölner Dom
Kölner Dom

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Any set of travel tips for the Cologne Cathedral must start with its history. The construction of the current Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) Cathedral started in 1248 after Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa brought the relics of the Three Kings, also known as the Three Magi to Cologne from Milan, Italy. It is believed to be built on the site of an earlier cathedral that was commissioned by the first bishop of Cologne Maternus which in turn was build over a Roman temple. However, the construction works of the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe stopped in the 1470's. Cologne Cathedral was left unfinished until the 19th century when the construction works were renewed. The spectacular cathedral was finally completed according to the surviving medieval plans in 1880. It was the tallest building in the world until 1884 when it was surpassed by the Washington Monument.

As many reading these travel tips for the Cologne Cathedral may already know, the structure suffered severe damage during the World War II, but it was not destroyed allegedly because it was used as a navigational landmark for the Allied air forces. The damage on the cathedral was repaired by the mid-1950's but the emergency repair in the northwest tower was left as a reminder of the War until 2005 when it was decided to rebuild it to its original appearance. As one final travel tip for the Cologne Cathedral, be sure to take the time to climb the church tower. The view of the city is spectacular!

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