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Gross St. Martin, Cologne

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Shaping Cologne's Old Town skyline since the Middle Ages, the Romanesque Gross St. Martin is one of the city's most recognizable buildings--and, after severe World War II damage, has only been opened to visitors again since 1985. The church, built atop the remnants of a Roman chapel on what was once a small island in the Rhine, dates to the 12th and 13th centuries. Now in the hands of the Jerusalem Community, this fully restored church has been brought back to its previous glory. Be sure to visit the crypt for a look at the church's Roman foundations. Using our international travel planner, Cologne attractions like Gross St. Martin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is hard to believe that this too was all but ruins in 1945 but is now restored. The interior is plain, perhaps even austere, but that in itself lends itself to the tranquility the church exudes... 
    It is hard to believe that this too was all but ruins in 1945 but is now restored. The interior is plain, perhaps even austere, but that in itself lends itself to the tranquility the church exudes...  more »
  • My wife and I went by Gross Saint Martin during an excursion on a Viking Rhine River Cruise this past April. It is an impressive Romanesque church rebuilt after damage during World War 2 and... 
    My wife and I went by Gross Saint Martin during an excursion on a Viking Rhine River Cruise this past April. It is an impressive Romanesque church rebuilt after damage during World War 2 and...  more »

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