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Planning a trip to Cologne? This is everything you need to know about Cologne Cathedral

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

General Information ℹ️

Location: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany 🇩🇪

Architectural Style: Gothic

Construction Start Date: 1248

Spire height‎:157 m (515 ft)

Tickets: Book tickets from €23 EUR at here

Architectural Insight

The choir has the largest height-to-width ratio of any medieval church, at 3.6:1. It is characterised by a French-style arrangement of a tall arcade and a narrow triforium gallery lit by windows.

Cologne Cathedral Sketch
Cologne Cathedral Sketch

Bells of the main bell cage weight list:

  • Aveglocke –830 kg

  • Kapitelsglocke – 1.4tonnes

  • Josephglocke – 2.2 tonnes

  • Ursulaglocke – 2.5 tonnes

  • Dreikönigsglocke – 3.8 tonnes

  • Speciosa – 5.6 tonnes

  • Pretiosa – 10.5 tonnes

  • St. Petersglocke, Great Bell of Germany – 24 tonnes


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Engineering Insight

Cologne Cathedral Plan View
Cologne Cathedral Plan View

Constructions began in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. The North Tower at 157.38 meters (516.33 feet) is 7 centimetres (2.75 inches) higher than the South Tower.

The Cologne Cathedral has the world’s third-largest church interior. From 1880 to 1884, the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world, until it was beaten by the Washington Monument and then the Eiffel Tower.

Official Dimensions

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