The Cologne Cathedral is truly one of the strangest German monuments and a superb example of Gothic architecture. The church towers among modernized buildings with its twin spired measuring 157 meters. It can even be seen from the other side of the Rhine river. The cathedral took over two centuries to complete due to the ambitious dreams of its medieval creators, who hoped for it to serve the Holy Roman Emperor as a place of worship and to house Catholic treasures. Today, many pilgrims making tours through Europe continue to be inspired by the cathedral’s majestic vaulted ceilings and beautiful 66-foot tall stained glass windows.