Begun in 1248, the construction of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany which is a Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original plans.
Construction halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. It is 144.5 metres (474 ft) long, 86.5 m (284 ft) wide and its towers are approximately 157 m (515 ft) tall. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires and largest facade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church.
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, as the only Western site in danger, due to plans to construct a high-rise building nearby, which would have visually impacted the site. 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.
Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the central jamb of the door.
What gorgeous architecture. When I visit an old building like that, I always wonder about all the people who'd been there before me.ReplyDelete
The detail is amazing. Great shots. Hope you'll play Dreaming of France on Monday. Oh, you should consider taking part of FranceBookTours which asks bloggers to review books on France. Emma at Words and Peace blog is sponsoring it. Here's My Saturday SnapshotReplyDelete
I love visiting old churches and cathedrals. Your photography really does the old place justice. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It's gorgeous! It's amazing thinking of a building being under construction for over 600 years.ReplyDelete
Wow, beautiful! You really captured the height inside!ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful cathedral. If I can ever stop revisiting France perhaps I'll have a chance to see this one?ReplyDelete
These pictures are amazing and actually look a little like mine, except mine are fabricated ;) Here are my pics for the weekReplyDelete
Love the history of the building. Beautiful pictures.ReplyDelete
Oh wow. Such a majestic architecture! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I'm left speechless - beautiful.ReplyDelete