The Home of the Relics of the Wise Men: The Cologne Cathedral

The great cathedral of Cologne in Germany was built to house the relics of the wise men, who followed the Eastern star to visit the Christ child upon his birth. They were brought to Germany by Archbishop Rainald von Dassel from Milan in the twelfth century. Construction of this great wonder began in 1248 and wasn’t finished until 1880.

At the time it was built, the Kölner Dom as it is known to Germans, was the tallest building in the world. It has the third highest walls of any cathedral and miraculously survived 14 hits from allied bombs during World War II, while the town surrounding it lay in rubble. It is a UNESCO heritage site, and is a major tourist attraction, as well as being a functioning Catholic cathedral. Eighty stonemasons, glaziers, roofers, and other tradesmen work continually to maintain the structure. Enjoy this brief tour of this historic wonder.