I. Introduction Cologne Cathedral is a massive High Gothic five-aisled basilica in the centre of Cologne, a fast-growing city in the Western German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia with more than one million inhabi- tants.1 The building consecrated to St. Peter and Mary was constructed during a period of 632 years from 1248 A.D. and has been continuously maintained by the Cathedral Workshop (Dombauhütte).2 The Cathe- dral is the most famous sight of Germany; in 2004, it received about six million visitors from all over the world, as many as the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel in Paris.3 The church's dimensions are vast: the basilica is 144.38 meters long, has a projecting transept 86.25 meters wide4 and a two-tower western facade with a surface of more than 7,000 square me- ters which is surpassed by no other sacred building in the world.5 With a height of 157.38 meters, the Cathedral is the second highest church in Germany (after the Munster in Ulm/ Baden-Wurttemberg) and the third highest in the world.6 Consequently, its silhouette, a landmark of Cologne and of the whole Rhine area, can be seen from a great distance. Accordingly, there is a proverb saying that the Cathedral
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