Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Cologne Cathedral

Today I'd like to talk about Cologne Cathedral. It is one of the most attractive building. It has such mysterious look as if there is something untold and unfold about it.

Construction of Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 in Cologne Germany and took, with interruptions, until 1880 to complete.

This is a picture of the unfinished Cathedral in 1856
The cathedral is one of the world's largest churches. It is 144.5 metres long, 86.5 m wide and its towers are approximately 157 m tall.

The ground plan is in the shape of a Latin Cross, as is usual with Gothic cathedrals. It has two aisles on either side, which help to support one of the very highest Gothic vaults in the world.

The cathedral suffered seventy hits by aerial bombs during World War II. It did not collapse, but stood tall in an otherwise flattened city.

The repairs to the building were completed in 1956.

In 1996, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites.

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