Stand in front of the Cathedral and look up to let the great height affect you. All that you see, the mighty building, the dizzyingly tall towers, the countless figures, the numerous decorations: everything is handmade and the result of centuries of work. It is the result of a project that spanned generations.
This imposing Gothic masterpiece was completed in 1880; the construction itself began around 1248. In between lie more than 600 years of exciting construction history with many challenges, setbacks and a long break. Thus, the question “When was Cologne Cathedral built?” or “How old is it?” is not so easy to answer. It is best to start from the beginning with the history of the Cathedral’s construction.