First things first: This is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited. When people ask me which is the most beautiful religious building I’ve ever been in, as of now, I would respond with this church. Incredible scale, infinite detail, and contains one contemporary intervention that was truly surprising, but it just “fit.”
Cologne’s cathedral is the most visited landmark in all of Germany with almost 20,000 visitors per day and at one point was even the world’s tallest structure! This is a place you need to experience to get the full effect… one of the best moments is when you’re walking through the nave, alongside the huge (HUGEEE) columns, and just soak in the feeling of being so, so small. It is humbling.
I also happened to walk in during a Christmas service; I was greeted by beautiful angelic voices that were filling every inch of the church. I was actually kind of overwhelmed by this whole scene and might have mayybbeeee shed a tear. Or two. (I’d like to share now that I am not the most religious person ever, I just really like churches for whatever reason, I just think they’re so beautiful.)
The contemporary addition to the church is a large stained glass window, at one end of the transept, and it is nothing like the traditional windows of this church… Scroll down to see it!