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“Interesting underground”
Review of Gross St. Martin

Gross St. Martin
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US$21.06*
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Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne
Ranked #17 of 268 things to do in Cologne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

It was very nice to be able to see the roman ruins underneath. Well preserved! The place in itself is majestic, the dome is impressive .

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This church, another entry in the list of 12 Romanesque churches is a Cologne landmark, and the most dominant structure in the skyline next to the Cathedral. One will find the characteristic spire of G.S. Martin with its 4 corner towerlets a bit to the south of the Cathedral. While the church is relatively undecorated in the inside, owing to the war and other events, it is one of the major attractions. Unlike the Cathedral which is surrounded by and urban concrete desert, St. Martin lies in the middle of the (mostly reconstructed) and pleasant old town, with many pubs and restaurants many of them with outside catering nearby. The presbytery actually looks upon the Rhine promenade,

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is one of the buildings I really love in Cologne. Never got the chance to go inside when I was living there in the late 1970s as it was still being reconstructed. But I have to say that it is not that big of a tourist attraction. If you are looking to see what a Cologne romanesque church really looked like, go see St Maria Lyskirchen, which got through the war without a scratch. That cannot be said for Gross St Martin. It was heavily damaged. The restoration is pretty good, architecturally, but the interior decorations and paintings are long gone. There are Roman ruins under the main hall which are interesting to visit (small charge) and I do recommend doing that if you go. Currently the church is run by a small community of priests, and it is not always open (especially during August when the community goes on vacation). Recommended if you are walking by the entrance and have a few minutes to spare. Other churches are more worth a special trip.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Simple yet grand. The Great St Martin Church was particularly interesting especially with its history of rebuilding and the ruins of the Roman Chapel. I stood in amazement of the restoration work.

Thank Bruce H
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Great St.Martin Church (Gross Sankt Martin) is a Romanesque Catholique Church with great history. Initially at the same place there was a Roman palaestra then it turned to a warehouse and after a while a Roman Chapel was built here (960 A.D.). On the remnants of this Chapel this church was built. The current buildings date from 1150-1250. Founded by Bruno the Great (953-965) it was a Benedictine Abbey for most of its history with Irish monks coming to settle down here until the local monks decided to take the responsibility of the Abbey. As of 2009 the Church is being used by a Branch of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem. The first thing you see approaching Cologne, either by train or ship, is the Dom and St.Martin. Very simple and quiet, it gives you a break away from the innumerable tourists of the Cathedral. A short walk from the Railway Station and the Cathedral too, very close to Cologne's old part.

Thank Mina P
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