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August 14, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Cathedral in Cologne is completed

On the 14th of August –

in 1880 after 632 years (!) (minus one day) of construction the Dom (cathedral) in Cologne is finally finished. And we complain when a building project is delayed by a year or so.

Even unfinished the Dom was an impressive building, as this medieaval image of the interior shows:
Lohengrin & Friedrich von Schwaben;Begräbnis des Bischofs von Köln
One of its many master buiders was Konrad Kuyn (1445-1469)
Epitaph des Dombaumeisters Konrad Kuyn (1445-1469): Der Heilige Andreas empfiehlt den Verstorbenen der Madonna

In the 19th century a drive to completion was publicized with posters, coins and leaflets. It raised the equivalent of 0.5 Billion Euros:
Der Dom zu Köln in seiner zukünftigen Vollendung, La Cathédrale de Cologne .... (gekürzt); The Cathedral of Cologn, finished... (gekürzt)
Suitepenning Dom van Keulen, 1849
Die Legende von den heiligen drei Königen : Volksbuch, der Verehrung der heiligen drei Könige im Dom zu Köln gewidmet ; zum Besten des Dombau's
Nachrichten über den Dom zu Köln / 3 : Ein Beitrag zum Fortbau : bestimmt zur Vertheilung bei Abhaltung der Collecte für den Dombau

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