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Location address: Deutschland, Köln, Köln
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The Great Saint Martin Church was part of a Benedictine monastery. It was in this monastery that the great Flemish cartographer Johannes Ruysch worked. He produced the famous Ruysch map (but not here). The Ruysch Map was produced in 1507. The Ruysch Map displayed the recent remarkable new discoveries of the world, such as New Foundland, Haiti and Cuba. He also noted the presence of codfish in the area of the Grand Banks.
Ruysch probably entered in 1505 the Benedictine monastery of St. Martin in Cologne as a secular priest. He left the monastery quickly and traveled to many places. Some believe he even joined John Cabot in his discovery of New Foundland. He returned to the St. Martin monastery, suffering from consumption, but able to create a, now lost, astronomical wall painting illustrating the days, months (phases of the Moon), and constellations. He is said to have died at considerable age in 1533 at the monastery, where he had a room adjacent to the library.
The Great Saint Martin Church (German: Groß Sankt Martin, mostly Groß St. Martin) is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. Its foundations (circa 960 AD) 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, with restoration work completed in 1985.
The Great Saint Martin Church is a Romanesque Catholic church 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.