Eight questions for...

Barbara Schock-Werner, Cologne Cathedral master builder

When I visit the World Heritage Site in Cologne, what should I definitely not miss?

A church service and also the archeological excavations beneath the cathedral.

What do you particularly like here?

The fantastic interior.

Do you have an insider tip?

The cathedral's treasure room is a must. It is still regarded as the most beautiful religious museum in Germany.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The immense size of this building.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

The cathedral catches the most beautiful light in its interior in bright sunshine during the winter, but it's also impressive in summer - or early in the morning in first light at around 6:30 a.m.

What else should I see here?

Some of the Romanesque churches, most of all St. Gereon.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Rhenish Sauerbraten pot roast or "Himmel und Erde" - "heaven and earth," a dish made of apples and potatoes.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The Monastic Island of Reichenau.

Barbara Schock-Werner

grew up close to Stuttgart.

She studied architecture, specializing in conservation work. Alongside her work as an architect, she studied history and art history. She later went on to lecture at several universities, teaching art, architecture and the history of design before eventually becoming a professor at Erlangen University. From 1999 until 2012 she served as the master builder of Cologne Cathedral, with overall responsibility for conservation and restoration work on the World Heritage Site.



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