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The Tallest Churches in the World

By Yona Williams    5/18/12

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For some builders of churches, they include or add features that make the buildings reach high into the air. When it comes to the tallest church in the world, look towards Germany to encounter an impressive sire. In this article, you will also learn where other notably tall churches are situated around the world.

Tallest Church – Ulm Munster

In Ulm, Germany, you will find the tallest church in the world – named after the city. The Ulm Munster displays an impressive example of Gothic church architecture throughout the country. Today, Protestants use the church and have been visiting the region for hundreds of years. The building of the church started in 1377, which was paid for by the inhabitants of the city. Following a lengthy period of no construction and long after the church became a Protestant place of worship; a spire measuring 161 meters was added to the church in 1890. This feature provided the building with another impressive characteristic.

Climbing the 768 steps of the spire is worth it just to see the panoramic view of Baden-Württemberg's Ulm and Bavaria's Neu-Ulm. There is even the possibility of seeing the Alpine range.

The church is also known for its architecture and the gems kept inside, where many notable pieces of art are kept. Another highlight of the church is the choir stalls, which date back to the 15th century. Carved busts are also a part of the church that catches the eyes of visitors.

Other tall churches located around the world include:

•    Lincoln Cathedral – From 1311 to 1549, the Lincoln Cathedral located in England, used to be the tallest building in the world. However, the spire collapsed in a storm in 1549 – knocking it down a few notches.

•    St. Olaf – Completed in 1500, St. Olaf in Tallinn, Estonia, was once the tallest building in the world from 1549 to 1625. It once measured 521.6 feet tall or 159 meters tall, but today, is only 123.7 meters tall. It still holds the title as the tallest in the Baltic States.

•    Cologne Cathedral – Located in Germany, the Cologne Cathedral held the title as the tallest building in the world from 1880 to 1884. Today, it is known as the largest Gothic church in Germany, as well as the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. The church measures 157 meters or 516 feet tall, and was completed in 1880.

•    Rouen Cathedral – Named after a city in France, the Rouen Cathedral was completed in 1876 and was known as the tallest building in the world from 1876 to 1880. Today, the church is known as the tallest in France. It measures 495 feet or 151 meters tall.

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