Have you ever been frustrated by how long a construction project takes? For example, the work on I-71 and I-75 in the Cincinnati area?
Well, that is nothing compared to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The Cathedral was completed 140 years ago today, 633 years after the construction begun. But it was done the right way – German engineering.
Also, it was saved from complete destruction by American and British bombers during World War II, who were ordered to spare the Cathedral.
Here is Johann Homann’s map of northwest Germany with Cologne (Koln) displayed towards the bottom of the map from 1710.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.