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Trier

Ancient city of Trier in Germany contains some of the most impressive and well preserved ancient Roman sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Trier

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Liebfrauenkirche

Cathedral:

Tel. (0651) 979 07 90

Apr- Oct: 6:30am- 6pm daily

Nov- Mar: 6:30am- 5:30pm daily

 

Liebfrauenkirche:

An der Meerkatz 4

Tel. (0651) 425 54

Open: Apr- Oct: 7:30am- 6pm daily

Nov- Mar: 7:30am- 5:30pm daily

 

Cathedral of Saint Peter or Dom St. Peter is the largest cathedral in Trier constructed in 1235- 60. It is also one of the first Gothic churches in Germany and Europe in general. Adjourning to cathedral is Liebfrauenkirche or Church of Our Dear Lady. According to tradition of the Catholic Church Cathedral of Saint Peter is the resting place of Christ's tunic he wore on a day of the crucifixion. Cathedral contains several tombs of important and notable figures including that of Karl von Metternich (1636) in the Northeast chapel.

Porta Nigra

 

Tel. (0651) 754 24

Open: Apr- Sept: 9am- 6pm daily

Oct- Mar: 9am- 5pm daily

Porta Nigra or a Black Gate is an ancient Roman structure that protected the entrance to the ancient town of Tier. It still impresses modern tourists with its sheer size. It is 36 meters (118 feet) long, 30 meters (27 feet) high and 21.5 meters (70.5 feet) wide. The gate is constructed from sandstone blocks held together by iron rods without any mortar. The Western tower is in perfect condition, but the Eastern tower was apparently torn down when it was turned into a Christian Church in a medieval period in the 12th century. It was dedicated to Saint Simeon and was used until the 19th century.

 

 

 

Keiserthermen (Imperial Baths)

Weimarer Allee/ Kaiserstr

Tel. (0651) 442 62

Open: Apr- Sep: 9am- 6pm daily

Oct- Jan: 9am- 5pm daily

Keiserthermen or Imperial Baths were constructed in the early fourth century during reign of emperor Constantine. It was third largest bathing complex in the ancient Roman Empire. Ancient baths contained large outdoor area for exercise known a palaestra. Additionally it had a frigidarium (cold baths) and tepidarium (warm baths) as well as caldarium or hot water pool that is probably one of the better preserved portions of the ancient complex. The underground system is preserved in a fairly good condition.

 

 

Rheinisches Landesmuseum
Weimarer Allee 1
Tel. 0651- 977 40
Open: daily
Closed: Mon (Nov- Apr)

Roman Bridge

 

 

Roman Amphitheater

 

Petrisberg

Tel. (0651) 730 10

Open: Apr- Sep: 9am- 6pm

Oct- Mar: 9am- 5pm

Roman Amphitheater of Trier is situated near the Roman Imperial Baths. The arena was was constructed in the first century AD and was apparently designed as a smaller version of the Coliseum in Rome. Countless number of gladiators and animals were massacred on its sand. Over 20,000 of residents could be seated with distinct separation between social classes. With introduction of Christianity gladiator fights were outlawed throughout the empire. During the 5th century abandoned area was use primary as a refuge spot for local citizens against Germanic raids that became more frequent.

 

Basilica und Kurfurstliches Schloss

 

Konstantinplatz

Tel. (0651) 42 570

Open: Apr- Oct: 10am- 6pm Mon- Sat, noon- 6pm Sun

Nov- Mar: 11am- noon and 3- 4pm Tue- Sat, noon- 1pm Sun

Basilica that is known as Aula Palatina (Palatinate hall) dates back to 310 to the time when Christianity was not even legalized in the Ancient Roman Empire. It has a basic rectangular shape that is 67 m (220 feet) long, 27.5 m (90 feet) and 30 m (98 feet) high. It was an official building where Roman Emperor or his representative would beet his subjects. His throne stood in the vast semi- circular apse. Apse was turned into a tower in the 12th century. Later it was transformed into a military barracks during Napoleonic times. In 1856 it was transformed into a Protestant church of Saint Sabiour.