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The twelve Romanesque churches

The twelve Romanesque churches
Great St. Martin Church, Cologne

Countless legends are told about the construction of the twelve Romanesque churches huddled together within the old city walls. The collegiate churches or monasteries are among the most important throughout Western Europe and document the growth and wealth of high medieval Cologne.

The Via Sacra ring encircles the old city center and interlinks the city’s Romanesque churches. Twelve of these precious buildings give an impression of Cologne’s importance during the Middle Ages. For centuries, the high crossing tower of Groß St. Martin has been a characteristic feature of the Cologne panorama, which is framed in the north by the twin-tower chancel facade of St. Kunibert and in the south by St. Severin. St. Gereon is the principal attraction in the northern Old Town. The church was named after a Roman officer who refused to fight Christians in Cologne. In the early 13th century, the Roman oval building of St. Gereon was integrated into its today decagon construction, a work of genius. St. Maria im Kapitol, built on the foundations of a Roman temple, is another significant construction of Romanesque art in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town.

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Address: 50667 Köln
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