Cathedral Gross St. Martin, Cologne

Cathedral Gross St. Martin, Cologne (must see)

Cologne is very famous for its 12 Romanesque churches, much as for the exquisite and majestic Gothic churches. Among these dozen churches, Gross St. Martin holds a special place in the hearts of people who live here. This church is also visited by tourists from across the world. It was constructed by the Archbishop Bruno the Great on remnants of a Roman chapel (circa 960 AD) on what was then an island in the Rhine and dedicated to Saint Martinus. Later it was transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The church was badly damaged in WWII, with restoration work completed in 1985. The current buildings, including a soaring crossing tower that is a landmark of Cologne's Old Town, were erected between 1150-1250. The architecture of its eastern end forms a triconch or trefoil plan, consisting of three apses around the crossing, similar to that at St. Maria im Kapitol.

The most significant feature of this church is its majestic awe-inspiring tower, rising above the surrounding buildings. This tower in silhouette is one of Cologne skyline’s distinctive features. The attractive Romanesque design with heavy masonry and narrow windows is a sight to behold.

Why You Should Visit:
Very handsome church exterior; very nicely located near the Rhine; very quiet and peaceful; very close to the old town restaurants.

Tip:
The entrance is slightly hidden at the rear. You may also go downstairs into the basement to see some old Roman foundations which the church was built on.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 9am-12:30pm; Tue-Sat: 1:15pm-5pm; Sat: 9:30am-12pm; Sun: 1:15pm-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Cathedral Gross St. Martin on Map

Sight Name: Cathedral Gross St. Martin
Sight Location: Cologne, Germany
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Churches of Cologne  

Walking Tours in Cologne, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

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Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
The Museums of Cologne

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
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Travel Distance: 1.4 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km