Cologne Cathedral

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationState of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
CoordinatesN50 56 28 E6 57 26
Inscription Date1996
Minor Modifications2008
Buffer Zone (ha)258
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number292
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionBegun 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site