Five tallest cathedrals in the world

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Cathedral is not only the place where people come to pray but also the great architectural monuments. Each cathedral features typical design and appearance depending on different geographical locations, belief and religions. Around the world, there are five constructions known as the tallest cathedrals including Ulm Minster, Lincoln, St. Olaf\'s church, The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and Cologne Cathedral.

 

Cologne Cathedral (157.4 m)


Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church in Germany, is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. It is dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cathedral is a World Heritage Site and one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany as well as Cologne\'s most famous landmark. It attracts 30 thousand people every day.

 


Cologne Cathedral - a Roman Catholic Church in Germany

Cologne Cathedral - a Roman Catholic Church in Germany

 


Construction of Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and completed in 1880. It is 144.5 m long, 86.5 m wide and its towers are approximately 157 m tall. The cathedral is one of the world\'s largest churches and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. Because of its enormous twin spires, it also presents the largest façade of any church in the world.

 


The cathedral is a World Heritage Site

The cathedral is a World Heritage Site

 

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (158 m)


The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of $300 million. The design of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by those of the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City, although it is not an outright replica.

 


The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (158 m)

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (158 m)

 


 The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace has an area of 30,000 sq meters  and is 158m high. However, it also includes a rectory and a villa counted in the overall area. The construction can accommodate 18,000 worshippers, compared to 60,000 for St. Peter\'s.

 


Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world

Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world

 

St. Olaf\'s church, Tallinn (159 m)


St. Olaf’s church in Tallinn, Estonia is believed to have been built in the 12th century and to have been the centre for old Tallinn\'s Scandinavian community prior to the conquest of Tallinn by Denmark in 1219. Its dedication relates to King Olaf II of Norway. A legend tells that the builder of the church, named Olaf, upon its completion, fell to his death from atop the tower.

 


St. Olaf’s church or St. Olav\'s church in Tallinn, Estonia

St. Olaf’s church or St. Olav\'s church in Tallinn, Estonia

 


The tower\'s viewing platform offers panoramic views over the old town

The tower\'s viewing platform offers panoramic views over the old town

 

Lincoln (159.7 m)


Construction of the Cathedral finished in the year 1311 AD and maintained the title of the world\'s tallest building for 238 years until 1549 AD, when the central spire was destroyed in a storm. The central spire was never re-built.

 


Lincoln Cathedral (159.7 m)

Lincoln Cathedral (159.7 m)

 


Lincoln Cathedral is an amalgamation of different architectural styles and features that have developed through centuries of alterations, rebuilding and restorations. The cathedral continued to be altered and added to in the 17th and 18th centuries including the library designed by Wren in 1674. Since the late 20th century, it has been the subject of continuous restoration and maintenance campaigns.

 


Lincoln Cathedral is an old architectural style

Lincoln Cathedral is an old architectural style

 

Ulm Minster (161.5 m)


Ulm Minster is a Lutheran church located in Ulm, Germany and a famous example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture. Like Cologne Cathedral, Ulm Minster was not completed until the 19th century. It is the tallest church in the world with a steeple measuring 160.9 meters and containing 768 steps. From the top level at 143 meters, there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm. The final stairwell to the top known as the third Gallery is a tall spiraling staircase that has barely enough space for one person.

 


Ulm Minster Cathedral

Ulm Minster Cathedral

 


It is the tallest church in the world

It is the tallest church in the world

 

 

 

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This article was published on 2010/10/23
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