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The Cologne Cathedral's sheer interior and exterior size and its skyscraping twin spires astound all but the jaded traveler.
Work began in 1248, but the cathedral was not completed until 1880, a span of 632 years.
They are the star attraction of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. They rise as high as a modern 50-story building.
View of Cologne
You can climb up one of the towers for a panoramic view of Cologne, but be forewarned that the spiral staircase is steep and narrow - and has 509 steps.
Top two interior attractions
The Cologne Cathedral houses a gilded and bejeweled sarcophagus that reputedly holds remains of the Magi, the Three Kings of Nativity fame.
The colossal 1000-year-old Gero cross inside is striking.
Unfortunately, the Cologne Cathedral exterior is seriously blemished with black soot, a byproduct of extensive coal burning in homes and factories in previous centuries in this part of Germany.
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