During our Mini Holiday In Koeln, Sexy Hubby and I joined the average 20,000 people who stop by the Cologne cathedral every day, making it the most visited landmark in Germany.

The Koelner Dom is a Roman Catholic church of Gothic architecture, the largest in the North of Europe. The construction of this magnificent building started in 1248 and was paused in 1473; its completion happened in 1880, with no changes to the original drawings. A few more numbers, enough to give vertigo to anybody I think: 144.5 metres long, 86.5 wide and with towers 157 meters high.

The cathedral is the resting place of 12 archbishops and contains many treasures such as the Gero Crucifix, the Madonna of Milan and of course the Sarcophagus of the Magi, said to contain the remains of the Three Holy Kings. The relics were brought from Milan in 1164 and several artisans worked on the shrine, made of wood, gold, silver and precious stones. Images of Old Testament prophets and the 12 apostles ornate the sarcophagus, which is set in a prime position in the inner choir. The cathedral also has an interesting set of legends; you can read about them here.

The Koelner Dom was bombed during the Second World War but not destroyed. Apparently, the unmissable twin spires were used for navigation and this might be the reason the cathedral was spared. The restoration work was completed in 1956 and 40 years later, the Koelner Dom was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Repair work is constantly ongoing as the pollution damages the stones; scaffoldings have therefore become the norm.

We did not climb this time the 509 steps of the spiral staircase leading to a viewing platform about 100 metres above the ground and offering stunning views over the Rhine. Something to look forward to during our next visit.
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Front View
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Statues
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Nave
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral -  Light
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Bible
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Stained glass window
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Shrine of the Three Holy Kings
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Mural
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - Stairs to Bishops Tombs
Koelner Dom - Cologne Cathedral -  Sunset View

13 thoughts on “Koelner Dom”

  1. It’s an impressive building!!! And… once again… it was a great time in Cologne! Can’t wait for the next mini holiday! 🙂

    1. Fabulous building and brilliant time indeed… 🙂
      Next: Berlin, cannot wait! 😀 xx

  2. Oh my word Katia Koelner Dom is hugely impressive. Absolutely love that first photo although they’re all fantastic. A big trek up those 509 steps though, no wonder you’re leaving it until next time. Awesome post. Have a great weekend lovely, thanks for linking up to #whatsthestory

    1. The first photo is my favourite too, it totally gives an idea of how breathtaking the cathedral actually is, I find.
      We probably would have gone up the steps that day, but a service was about to start and the visitors who did not want to attend were being asked to leave.
      You have a great weekend too! 🙂 xx

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    1. I agree, the Christmas market is fabulous! 🙂
      I highly recommend visiting the inside. xx

  4. Aww beautiful pictures, looks a great place to visit 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop, late stopping by this week as we have been away 🙂

    1. Thank you Claire, it is. 🙂
      Read about your adventures, looks like you had a good time! xx

  5. Beautiful, especially the stained glass window. Our village church is beautiful, too, but your photos show the magnificent scale of the cathedral x.

    1. I picked one of the photos of the stained glass windows but all of them are wonderful.
      As you approach the cathedral, the sheer size of it certainly is the first of many stunning details. xx

    1. I love the Magi story too. 🙂
      No wonder it is one of the most visited places in Germany. xx

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