A huge Gothic cathedral, right in the middle of a large city.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Date of Inscription: 1996
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 292:
“Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original plans. Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and the artistic masterpieces it contains, Cologne Cathedral testifies to the enduring strength of European Christianity.”
I must admit not having spent weeks and not even days in the cathedral. Instead I had a look inside and out one very early morning in 1990 on my way from Salzburg to Brussels. The cathedral is famous and worth it.