Great St. Martin Church

Local nameGroß St. Martin
LocationCologne, Germany

The Great Saint Martin Church is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. Its foundations rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine. 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 triconch or trefoil plan, consisting of three apses around the crossing, similar to that at St. Maria im Kapitol. The church was badly 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 again.

Tags Place of WorshipCatholicRomanesque ArchitectureChristianChurchHeritage
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Tours available by appointment only.

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Phone +49 221 2779 4747

Address An Groß St. Martin 9 50667 Cologne, Germany

Coordinates 50°56'18.794" N 6°57'41.824" E

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