I stitched two shots together here to try and capture the entire building. My wide angle lens wasn't wide enough for one photo and I couldn't back far enough away from the Cathedral without getting all kinds of other junk in the photo.
If you look carefully, there is scaffolding erected on the left spire. I am not particularly afraid of heights, but I would pass on working on this building.
The church construction began in 1248 and was not completed until 1880. How they built a structure like this without modern equipment, I do not know. The Cathedral was hit 70 or so times with bombs during WWII and suffered damage, but stood up surprisingly well. The church was used as a navigational aid by the allied forces because of its size and was purposely avoided during bombing runs so as not to lose it as a landmark. The last WWII damage was repaired in 2007 when a large stained glass window was finally replaced.