Photographs of Trier (Trèves), Germany's oldest city (2,000+ years).

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Porta Nigra


Paris has the Arc de Triomphe, Berlin has the Brandenburg Gate, and Trier has the Porta Nigra. This "black gate" was built by the Romans around 180 AD and has become one of the most famous landmarks of Trier. You can read about its interesting history here or see more photos of it over at Flickr.

If you walk through the "Porta" (in Trier, nobody says "Porta Nigra" anymore!) to where you can see the lights on the left of the photo, you will enter the pedestrian area of the inner city, where you will find shops, restaurants, market places and a lot more.

Fun fact: As of 2006, there will be a special 2 Euro coin for all the German Bundesländer (federal states) every year, and 2017, when it's Rhineland-Palatia's (that's were Trier is) turn, the Porta will be featured on the coin! If this site is still around in 11 years, I will post a picture of that! ;)

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