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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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  • Much has been said about the architecture of this Romanesque church. I but would like to draw attention to the very impressive evening prayer (Tue-sat 18:00 to 18:30). Next to the Church the "community of Jerusalem" lives in a connected monastery, men and women, as "modern monastic community" consciously in the baiting of big cities (and not, as earlier usual in secluded monasteries or "in the desert") live. The evening prayer is designed very meditative polyphonic singing of community, organ and instrumental music. After a day in the hustle and bustle of the city, you can unwind wonderfully and plunge into the atmosphere of this prayer. The services are very well attended, many employees packed people who before heading home to rest and unwind after work with their briefcases - or shopping bags. Then the mass, for which you should apply another 3/4 hour follows after the evening prayer (about 1/2 hour). (Previously, expect of course - be but very few make visitors with have celebrated the evening prayer).
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  • Very interesting to know the history of this place and see the Roman ruins. Very good and history! Worth knowing!
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  • The most eye-catching of this church is its Tower. From some distance and different perspectives, the tower is more beautiful that from up close.
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  • This chuch have e mail? please i nedd contact them! =)
  • 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).
  • Quite peaceful and interesting! The underground chamber is fascinating.
  • A beautiful church with great artistry and architecture!
  • Among church, but check the opening hour before you go, it only opens on specific days