Groß St. Martin, Cologne

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    Great Saint Martin.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 20, 2014

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    First church at this place was founded yet in 960 A.D. Present church dedicated to saint martin of Tours was constructed between 1150 and 1250 and this is one of twelve Romanesque Churches of Cologne. Church was damaged by fire in 1378 and after that reconstructed. After that the vault was badly damaged by the storm in 1434. Repair of the vault took two years and was accomplished only in 1436. That’s why church is not clearly Romanesque but has many elements of high gothic architecture. Although church was badly damaged during WW II it is one of “must see” place in Cologne.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening times
    Tuesday to Friday:
    09:00 -19:30 hrs.
    Saturday and Sunday:
    10:00 – 19:30 hrs.
    The church is closed on Mondays
    Opening times in August:
    Daily 14:00 - 18:00
    Guided tours by appointment only

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    Great Saint Martin. Interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 20, 2014

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    Unfortunately the interiors of Saint Martin were destroyed during WW II. On the night of May 30, 1942 church tower was destroyed by British bombs and interiors were burnt out. Additional destructions were added during Anglo-American bombardments of Cologne in January of 1945. And at last Saint Martin was hit by Anglo-American bombs on March 2, 1945 just two months before the Allied Victory in Europe. Restoration started in 1946 and continued until 1985. Despite all those destructions some valuable artifacts survived till nowadays. You can see excellent Crucifixion and Pieta made in second half of XV century in northern nave of this church.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening times
    Tuesday to Friday:
    09:00 -19:30 hrs.
    Saturday and Sunday:
    10:00 – 19:30 hrs.
    The church is closed on Mondays
    Opening times in August:
    Daily 14:00 - 18:00
    Guided tours by appointment only

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    Great St. Martin

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    I took all of this pictures in different times and days and the aspect of the object amazingly changes under the light conditions. The bell tower of Gross Sankt Martin looks almost alike to a castle, actually when I saw it first I thought it is a castle.
    Gross Sankt Martin is Romanesque church built around 960 on the site of previous Roman chapel. Later on the church was transformed into Benedictine Monastery. The present look, including a soaring crossing tower, was built between 1150-1250 and today is considering to be the a landmark of the Old Town.

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    Great St. Martin's Church

    by antistar Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    Great, but overshadowed by its younger brother the Cathedral, St. Martin's Church is an iconic marker on Cologne's riverfront, its huge crossing tower nestled in among the pastel shaded altbaus in the Fischmarkt. It really is quite a big church, especially the four spired tower which just fills up the space above the Altstadt.

    Like the Cathedral it is a Catholic church, run by Monastic order. It has also, in the past, functioned as a monastery.

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    Romanic Church St. Martin

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 11, 2007

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    This romanic church is located roughly between the Cathedral/the Old Town and the Rhine. The church was built over formerly Roman buildings (the excavations are accessible in the basement of the church). The interior of St. Martin is rather plain though. Please notice the beautifully reconstructed "Martinswinkel" houses in front of the church

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    The OTHER church

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    The Gross St. Martin is the OTHER church in Cologne and pretty much bookends with the more famous cathedral the entire city skyline. The original site dates back to 960 though the present structure was built between 1150 and 1250. The Romanesque architecture lends a certain fairy tale atmosphere to the city. It somehow fits the demeanor of the old town better than its more noted step sister.

    more a true part of the old town
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    Great St Martin Church

    by Sjalen Updated Nov 15, 2006

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    This is yet another of Cologne's really old churches and very nice it is too. It was in fact built between 1150 and 1250 on old Roman houses. A nice bonus with St Martin is that you can approach it from many angles and thereby get pictures of it in totally different lights. Just look at it from the riverside in sunshine - not at all like getting to it from the Dom side :) This church also reminds me that I am close to Belgium here compared to other parts of Germany as the church architecture looks more like Gent than Goslar.

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    Martinsviertel

    by kentishgirl Written Nov 9, 2004

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    This church in Cologne is outstanding, located in the aptly named St.Martins area of the city, almost right on the bank of the River Rhine.

    It is a Roman church and was built in 1150 - 1172.

    Well worth a visit!

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  • Groß St. Martin

    by sabsi Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    The second nicest church in Cologne for me is Groß St. Martin. It's not as massive as the cathedral but its unusual style makes it something really special, too I think. The streets around the church make you time travel back to the middle ages somehow. There are small lanes with old houses and you get great views of the church all over the shop.

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    St Martin

    by sandysmith Written Oct 10, 2004

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    Just behind the tiny altstadt is this lovely church with its towers - St Martins. Would be a shame to just visit the cathedral and overlook this small one .

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    Gross St. Martin

    by Gili_S Updated May 8, 2004

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    I was passing here one morning while walking by the river I saw it and took a picture, I did not even knew the name of this place, so thank you HORSCHECK for telling me the name of this place.

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    Abbey of St. Martin

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 12, 2004

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    St. Martin is towering on the Rhine river a stone's throw away from the Cathedral. It was built between 1150 and 1250 on old Roman house bases.

    Abbey of St. Martin

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