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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gross St. Martin by using our Cologne travel itinerary maker.
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The Ring is a semicircular area around the edge of the city's walls from Chlodwigplatz to Ebertplatz. Along the semicircle are hotel chains and boutique accommodations that offes ready access to the city center on foot or via a short metro ride. For access to nightlife, consider the Südstadt area known for its rock bars, cocktails, and theaters. The luxury accommodations in the elegant Friesenviertel area often attracts local celebrities. Search for lodging deals in the Nippes area, which is away from the busy center and known for its local character.
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  • Right on the market, plenty of places to eat. It is right on the river across from a nice green space good to picnic. The green is the bachelor and bachelorette place to go on Friday night which makes...  more »
  • Although there are many old romanesque churches in Cologne, this is precisely the one you should not miss - Gross St. Martin. Along with the cathedral this church is one of the religious symbols of th...  more »
  • We visited Colonge when it was raining. Yes, this presented some challenges but this is a great spot to visit for the unique architecture and inspiring church. Go visit this area.  more »
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  • Must visit. You don't need more than 30 mins to cover the entire building. The exterior is really massive and interiors are quite simple. It was quite a surprise as we stumbled into this place. Really impressive.
  • Great view of city from tower. Very ancient church.
  • Another stunning cathedral in Cologne. The architecture is remarkable as it has a cylinder apse, which is a bit different than other regular cathedrals.
  • Beautiful prayer and music. Very moving.
  • Another great church in Cologne. Not a must see like the Kölner Dom, but if you have time definitely check it out. It's much smaller and more simplistic (although I've been told the simplicity is an artifact of budget and post-war reconstruction).