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Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster)

Not for vertigo sufferers or the claustrophobic, the final, spiral staircase in the Ulm Minster is a tight fit for one person, but the narrow climb to the top of the highest church in the world delivers a spectacular view as the reward.

Finished in 1890, the Minster is the fourth tallest structure built before 1900 at 161.5 meters, and for a short period of time was the tallest building in the world (yes, taller than the Great Pyramid). Despite not being a cathedral, the top of the steeple is higher than any other Christian church, even St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. If finished, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona will be about 10 meters taller and there are other religious buildings taller, such as the minaret on the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, but that doesn’t subtract from the monumental height of the tallest steeple in Ulm.

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