Tallest Church Steeples

For many, many years, church steeples were the some of the highest structures man had ever made. Today they steeples still tower over us and continue to stand tall due to expert maintenance and care through time.

Here we will take a look at three of the tallest church steeples ever built, some unfortunately are damaged but they continue to stand to this day. We’ll begin with Rouen Cathedral.


Rouen Cathedral is located in Rouen, France. It finished construction in 1876 at a staggering 516ft high, this made it the tallest building and steeple in the world from 1876 to 1880 when it was then surpassed in height by the Cologne Cathedral.

What is interesting about the Rouen Cathedral is that construction began way back in 1202 and due to damage, invasions and extensive repairs, it was not in it’s finished state as it is today until 1880.

The Steeple on this cathedral could be seen from a long distance away due to it’s massive height and also gothic design. Like most of the tall buildings before Skyscrapers took hold, it was the steeple which made these buildings so colossal.



st peterCologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was built in 1880 and stood 516ft tall, it was the tallest building in the world from 1880 to 1884 before being surpassed by the Ulm Minster.

Today it still holds the record for the tallest Roman Catholic Cathedral on the planet.

The cathedral can be seen to have 2 very tall twin steeples which are what usually give churches and such their tremendous height.

The cathedral was extremely sturdy, it was thought to have taken around seventy bomb hits during WWII and still remained upright and together. However it was also thought to be an easy way for enemy soldiers to navigate around cologne due to the sheer height of this cathedral’s twin steeples.



Ulm Minster

Ulm Minster is a staggering 530ft tall! This makes it the tallest church in the world currently, it was the tallest building in the world from 1890 to 1901.

The humongous steeple on this church is the tallest in the world, steeplejacks scaling this would have to be extremely skilled and experienced when working on a steeple with such a great height.

Apart from a very tall and well designed steeple, Ulm Minster is home to a lot of artistic works in the form of statues, busts and stained glass windows. It is also home to an organ which Mozart purportedly played years ago.

These 3 structures have the tallest steeples in the modern day and remain standing for both practical and design/memorial reasons.