Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 but was halted in 1473. Work recommenced in the 19th century; completed, to the original plan, in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires and largest façade of any church in the world. Survived WWII when the rest of Cologne was in ruins.