Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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Construction o the Cologne Cathedral, High Cathedral of St Peter, began in 1248 and halted , unfinished, in 1473. Work was restarted in the 19th century and was completed in 1880. At 144.5 m (474ft) long, 86.5 m (284ft) wide and the towers157 m (515ft) tall it is largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and has the second tallest spires. The spires give it the largest façade of any church in northern Europe. A spiral staircase of 509 stone steps leads to a viewing platform 98m (322ft) above ground.

The cathedral was hit 14 times by aerial bombs during World War 11 but did not collapse. Repairs were completed in 1956. Repair and maintenance is ongoing because the elements and pollution are causing deterioration of the stones.

In 1996 the Cathedral was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a culturally important site.

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