Photo Gallery Richter's Window in Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral finally has a new stained glass window, replacing the plain glass installed after the original window was destroyed during World War II. The colorful new window was designed by Gerhard Richter, one of Germany's most important living artists.
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Cologne Cathedral has a new stained-glass window, designed by one of Germany's most important contemporary artists, Gerhard Richter.

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The 113-square-meter cathedral window was unveiled on Saturday and celebrated with a mass.

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Gerhard Richter stands before his new design. The window is made up of thousands of colorful squares of glass, and is a gift from the artist. The costs for materials and mounting the window came to €400,000 and were covered by donations.

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The new window was covered with a cloth until Saturday's ceremony.

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The original window was destroyed during World War II and after the war it was replaced by plain unadorned glass -- something that was long lamented by art historians and locals alike.

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Cologne Cathedral is one of Germany's most important buildings. The construction of the Gothic cathedral started in 1248 and finished a mere 600 years later in 1880. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently voted the country's most popular tourist landmark.

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Richter was born in Dresden in 1932 and escaped to West Germany in 1961. He has lived and worked in Cologne for many years and is considered one of the world's greatest living artists.

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Richter is also one of the world's most expensive living artists. His "Abstract Painting" sold at Sotheby's for €4 million in February 2007.

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