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“One of the very few completed gothic cathedrals” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

Cologne Cathedral (Dom)
Domkloster 3, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
0221 92 58 47 20
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Ranked #1 of 195 things to do in Cologne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This giant Gothic cathedral, which until its completion in 1880 had been under construction for over 500 years, is perhaps Germany's most famous religious structure and includes two huge towers that serve as the defining symbol of Cologne's skyline.
Ghent, Belgium
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“One of the very few completed gothic cathedrals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The building of the Koelner Dom was started in the 13th century and completed only in 1880, the majority of the volume (the nave and the towers) being constructed in the 19th century, but according to original mediaeval plans. You should visit it to appreciate the scale and perspective, a materialization of the celestial Jeruzalem as craftsmen of the middle ages pictured it.
Dependent on how much you're interested in religious architecture, you can spend between an hour and a whole day.
You should definitely try to admire the Trinity Shrine (designed by Nicolas de Verdun) and the 1000-year old crucifix in the choir.
Also recommended is the treasury (Schatzkammer) displaying exquisite objects in precious materials from the early middle ages until the 20th century.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The stain glass windows here are amazing. I also love the architecture both inside and outside. Just walking around the outside of the cathedral and adrmiring all its beauty was just as good as walking around inside.

Visited April 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's an amazing church. You can go up therean enjoy a beautiful view of cologne and the river "Rhein"

Visited May 2012
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“Gothic gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

the architecture is overwhelming and you can spend hours looking at the designs of the spires. It's busy but plenty of space to find a quiet corner. Location next to the train station and the end of the shopping area is very handy.

Visited May 2012
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Ballincollig, Ireland
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“Amazing, a must see in Cologne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The cathedral leaves one awestruck simply by it sheer scale. The most difficult thing is getting in a photo frame :) It is comparable to the Gothic Cathedral in Milan.

Visited November 2012
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