Gross St. Martin

Gross St. Martin, Cologne

Gross St. Martin
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:15 PM - 6:00 PM
About
This famous Romanesque cathedral, re-opened in 1985 following extreme damage during World War II, takes second billing behind only the Dom as Cologne's most prominent religious structure.
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1-2 hours
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,772 contributions
A Rebuilt Church
Dec 2019 • Solo
This church is located by the waterfront and was rebuilt post WWII. Not as impressive as the Cologne Cathedral and hence visit if time permits.
Written November 7, 2020
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,247 contributions
Stunning architecture
Aug 2020
As you look from the opposite side of the Rhine, three buildings immediately stand out - the cathedral, the town hall and this magnificent romanesque church.

The "current" church was built between 1150 and 1250 although it had to be almost completely restored after World War Two and only reopened in 1985.
Written August 21, 2020
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
Originally a sports complex
Dec 2019
Great Saint Martin Church (Groß Sankt Martin) foundations (circa 960 AD) rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was first a Roman sports complex, then a warehouse. The church was later transformed into a Benedictine monastery. 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 trefoil plan, consisting of three apses around the crossing, similar to that at St. Maria im Kapitol. The church was heavily damaged in World War II; restoration work was completed in 1985. As of 2009 Great Saint Martin is being used by a branch of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem and is open for visits. Go down into the crypt and see the Roman ruins. Allow ~1 hr for your visit.
Written February 9, 2020
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Carlos B
London, Canada1,040 contributions
Good to see colours
Jul 2019
Beautiful church by the water. Worth stopping by. It's also good to see colours among the other buildings since the houses just beside it are very colourful.
Written January 4, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK589,167 contributions
Adds to the beauty of the waterfront.
Dec 2019 • Friends
Gross St Martin is a beautiful church located on the waterfront of Cologne, it's a magnificent Romanesque church and in my opinion is behind the magnificent Dom the most beautiful and historically important church in Cologne.
The church has foundations dating from 960AD and was constructed on the ruins of a Roman chapel,the church we see today was constructed between 1150 - 1250 and built in an architectural styles synonymous with Cologne namely built with three apses,this is known as a trefoil design, there are several churches in Cologne built in this style of architecture.
The church was originally on an island in the River Rhine ,I think it would have looked even more magnificent back then on the island.
During world war two the church was devastated by a series of bombing raids ,May 30th 1942 the tower and nave were destroyed, a year later the Chapel Of St Benedict was destroyed, further air raids in January 1945 saw more damage sustained and in March 1945 Cologne was hit with its biggest aerial bombardment when 95% of the Old Town was destroyed including large sections of Gross St Martin ,if you look at the photos post war and see the ruins of this church it shows what a miraculous job the people of Cologne did in restoring this church to its former glory, it took till 1985 but the efforts of the builders and architects are amazing .
We were pub and bar hopping around the Frankenwerft area on a Tuesday night,the church looked magnificent illuminated against the night sky.
A beautiful church,a must go destination if your planning a holiday to Cologne.
Written December 30, 2019
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smahony25
Brussels, Belgium24 contributions
Advent Church Organ Concert
Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful and sober church home to a monastic community . The purity and simplicity of the interior is stunning; several beautiful icons and wood carved statues.

Recommend and watch out for small concerts.

Photos are not allowed so take them with your eyes ...
Written December 9, 2019
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alcor1922
Alameda, California1,466 contributions
An Excellent Side Trip
Nov 2019
Do not miss visiting this historical cathedral on your way to Cologne Cathedral. It is also refreshing to see the side of town along the Rhine. There are restaurants and cafe and definitely some boutique shops and stores.
Written December 1, 2019
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland8,728 contributions
Visit also basements of this cathedral
Nov 2019 • Friends
It is a Romanesque Catholic church which was founded circa 960 AD! rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine.
Please do not forget go down and visit also basements of this cathedral. You can feel even more then history of this place.
Written November 16, 2019
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Sumitkumar_13
Mumbai873 contributions
Cathedral
May 2019
Gross St. Martin cathedral is one of the important and famous holy place in Cologne. Many people visit this place of worship.
Written September 30, 2019
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kenw218
Guernsey, UK79 contributions
Fascinating Roman remains !
Sep 2019
Go beneath the church to discover the remains of the Roman city walls, baths and much more. Really excellent. Well displayed, informative. Recently excavated.
Written September 29, 2019
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  • Tue - Sat 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
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