Gross St. Martin
Gross St. Martin
4.5
Architectural BuildingsReligious Sites
1:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:15 PM - 6:00 PM
About
This famous Romanesque cathedral, re-opened in 1985 following extreme damage during World War II, takes second billing behind only the Dom as Cologne's most prominent religious structure.
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Neighbourhood: Altstadt-Nord
How to get there
  • Koln Central Station • 7 min walk
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
In June of 2023 the challenge was to find the door to St. Martin’s as construction was going on. Less than a 10-minute walk from Cologne’s central train station, we recommend visiting this church only if you are an aficionado of European churches. It is definitely smaller than the famous Cologne Cathedral and far less impressive.

St. Martin, a Catholic Church, is actually older dating back to the 10th century. The church, in Old Town, is on the ruins of a Roman chapel. This area used to be an island since filled in. It used to be a Benedictine Monastery for many years.

This church was heavily damaged during WWII—even more so than the Cologne Cathedral. Refurbishments were finally finished in 1985.

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Written 28 November 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I found this church to be rather stark and unadorned. The exterior architecture is actually far more attractive than the interior. The unusual paintings of the stations of the cross are the most interesting feature of the church for me. The church was heavily damaged in the WWII, and only relatively recently was reconstruction completed. With all the tremendous churches in Europe, this is one you could pass up if pressed for time.
Written 27 January 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The church of Groß Sankt Martin was founded around 960 AD on remnants of a Roman chapel. The current building, with a crossing tower, is a landmark of Cologne's Old Town, and it was erected between 1150-1250. The church was badly damaged in WW II and restoration was completed in 1985.

The interior is almost bare - the only pieces I noticed were the floor mosaics, a 16th century crucifixion group, a 16th century Christ burial group, a Triptych from 1530, a 17th century Russian icon.
Written 31 July 2023
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
This is one of the buildings I really love in Cologne. Never got the chance to go inside when I was living there in the late 1970s as it was still being reconstructed. But I have to say that it is not that big of a tourist attraction. If you are looking to see what a Cologne romanesque church really looked like, go see St Maria Lyskirchen, which got through the war without a scratch. That cannot be said for Gross St Martin. It was heavily damaged. The restoration is pretty good, architecturally, but the interior decorations and paintings are long gone. There are Roman ruins under the main hall which are interesting to visit (small charge) and I do recommend doing that if you go. Currently the church is run by a small community of priests, and it is not always open (especially during August when the community goes on vacation). Recommended if you are walking by the entrance and have a few minutes to spare. Other churches are more worth a special trip.
Written 8 July 2014
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Rebecca D
Melbourne, Australia79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
Greater St Martin opens at 2pm on week days, this is an important thing to note, and plan your day around if you intend visit.

Given the history of the church, and the site that it is built on, it's a great place to visit. Make sure you pay the pittance to visit the crypt/archaeological dig under the church.
Written 31 August 2012
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Hahat M
Switzerland116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
With those cute buildings in the foreground, this is like a setting from some Disney’s movie. A very photogenic combination.
Written 12 April 2018
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Anrando
Hiratsuka Japan239 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
As my review history may suggest I am an old church fan. Great St. Martin has a unique and beautiful exterior. That is about all I can say about it. The interior is basically gutted with a bare stone alter and a few folding chairs. The good friars in attendance do sing the liturgy of the hours throughout the day if that sort of thing interests you. You really should take a look at the outside, particularly from the river, but you can save yourself the trouble of finding the small entrance hidden towards the rear of one side as there is really nothing to see inside.
Written 28 December 2014
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Deborah D DeWitt
Amsterdam, The Netherlands293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I didn't go inside so I cannot review that part. I did love the outside though, so I can imagine that the inside of this church is as beautiful.
Written 9 August 2022
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smahony25
Brussels, Belgium24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful and sober church home to a monastic community . The purity and simplicity of the interior is stunning; several beautiful icons and wood carved statues.

Recommend and watch out for small concerts.

Photos are not allowed so take them with your eyes ...
Written 9 December 2019
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Sumitkumar_13
Mumbai, India860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Gross St. Martin cathedral is one of the important and famous holy place in Cologne. Many people visit this place of worship.
Written 30 September 2019
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