Cultural trip to the most antique part of Germany | Trier

Posted by on July 21, 2013

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Trier has the honour to be the most antique city of Germany, in the right riverside of the Moselle river (region of Rhineland-Palatinate). Next to Luxembourg, France and Belgium, this second Rome was founded by the Romans in the 16 b.C. and its ruins made it Humanity Patrimony by Unesco. One of these ruins is the Porta Nigra, a huge city gate made by originary black coloured stones, but there are also Roman therms protected really well preserved.

Trier Panorama

Trier Panorama

Porta Nigra

Porta Nigra

Close to the Porta Nigra we find the Hauptmarkt, the main square of Trier. Here it lies the Market Cross, a symbol that in the Medium Age meant that this square was allowed to house a market. From here you can arrive to different magic places, like the Cathedral of St. Peter. This is also the most antique cathedral in Germany, and the several periods its long life included have contributed in some way to its design. Another important basilica is the Church of Our Lady, which contains relics and twelve frescoes, one for each apostle.

Trier Moselle River

Trier Moselle River

Market Cross

Market Cross

The center of the city is mainly pedestrianized, what makes of it a very tranquil and safe zone to walk, so you can also find street bands playing their music to delight the pedestrians. Near of these quiet streets you can find the House of the Three Wise Men (with a Moorish design) and the Jewish Quarter, although surely the proudest house in Trier is the Karl Marx house, hidden in one of the tight streets but marvelous when found. Your trip to Germany will not be complete without seeing Trier, where you can find more Roman ruins than in the whole Italy!

Saint Peter Cathedral

Saint Peter Cathedral

Trier photos: ckrush, sara, patmanzzz, Tom Vissers, Michelle.

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