* Gross St. Martin
* Museum für Angewandte Kunst
* Museum Schnütgen
* Römisch-Germanisches Museum
* St. Ursula
* Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig
It took more than 600 years to complete the Dom (Cathedral), a Gothic master piece that incorporated the original architects'
plans right to the end. The purpose of the project (begun in 1248) was to provide an appropriately grand setting for the relics
of the Three Magi, which were snatched from Milan and kept here in a golden shrine. The final result is majestic, with intricately
worked masonry serving to lighten the great mass of the facade and the two 515-foot spires - at the time they were built,
the tallest structures in the world.
The golden shrine is, of course, the main focus of the interior, but there are many other treasures. In the south ambulatory
chapel, the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Magi is a superb work by Stefan Lochner, one of the 15th-century artists of
the Cologne School. In the north chapel is the 11th-century Gero Crucifix. One of the church's most inspiring features is
the stained glass, ranging from the 13th-century Bible Window in the ambulatory to the Bavarian windows in the nave, donated
by King Ludwig I in the 19th century.
Phone: Cathedral: 0221 9258 47-30; Treasure Chamber: 0221 2728 0-10
Open: Cathedral: daily 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Treasure Chamber: daily 10-6. Tower: daily 9-6, May-Sep.; 9-5, Mar.- Apr. and Oct.; 9-4, rest of year
Restaurant: Brauhaus Sion
Metro: Lines 5, 12, 16, 18 to Dom/Hbf
Admission: Cathedral free (guided tours more than 4); Treasure Chamber 2-4; Tower less than 2