Monday, April 24, 2017

T - Trier, Germany

We are in the home stretch.  This is the first of seven remaining posts.

Trier lies in the Moselle wine region along the banks of the Moselle River and is the oldest city in Germany.  Founded by the Romans, it contains several well-preserved Roman structures like the Porta Nigra gate, the ruins of Roman baths, an amphitheater just outside the center and a stone bridge over the Moselle River.  Among Trier’s many Catholic churches is Trier Cathedral of St. Peter.  The UNESCO information can be read here.

Interior of Constantine I's throne room above, the largest single standing structure from the 4th Century.   

The amphitheater, above and below ground, dating to the 2nd Century.

The Porta Nigra gates, 180 A. D. look to be in pretty good shape, all things considered.  

Trier is full of UNESCO World Heritage sites.  You can see them all here.

Cathedral of St. Peter with the entrance seen below

 St. Peter's Fountain
The Hauptmarkt area with homes dating to medieval times.

House of the Three Magi, 1230

Roman Bridge over the Moselle

The palace with the Basilica behind it.  Date: 1615
Part of the Imperial Baths

There is really a lot to see in Trier and you can easily spend more than one day here.  We ended our stay with dinner up on a hill and I will leave you with this view.  The photo is not great but you can see the old ruins in the center.
What is the oldest ruin you have ever visited?

Bonus:  Hosta 'Tokudama'


  1. Beautiful photos, Denise. Trier is about 300 KM SW of my birthplace, Soest. The Hauptmarkt area looks similar and there are Roman ruins there as well as an ancient retaining wall. My family and I visited Trier in the '60s and loved it.

    The oldest heritage site I've visited is Knossos on the Greek island of Crete. The settlement goes back to 7000 BC and the first palace was built around 1900 BC.

    Thank goodness we're in the home stretch! ☺

    1. I've been to Greece, but not to Crete. I think it would be great to grow up in Europe and be so close to so many beautiful places with so much history.

    2. Yes, we had some amazing travel experiences while living in Europe, but still missed a lot, like most of the places you're showcasing this month. What areas of Greece did you visit? We took a 4-day Classical Land Tour, followed by a 5-day Islands Cruise, which included Ephesus in Turkey. Best trip of my life and number one on the bucket list. ☺

  2. What a beautiful place! I loved the palace, the Cathedral of St Petra and the Porta Nigra gates.

  3. Another beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I learned so much about the Roman buildings in college, but I never actually visited... I'll have to! :)

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  5. Oh my lands! I love history and ancient buildings. Going to Europe a few years back was a dream come true for me, cause where I live in rural Ohio, a house a hundred years old is considered "Old." ;)
    I'm not sure what is the oldest ruin I've visited... Probably somewhere in Germany or Austria....

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  6. I’ve visited The Colosseum in Rome and couldn’t wait to leave, not that I wasn’t impressed – I certainly was, but I didn’t like the atmosphere. The hairs on the back of my neck were standing on end the entire time I was there. Loved the photos, thanks for sharing them.

  7. I've spent a lot of time in Germany but not in the Mosselle region. The ruins of Pevensey Castle are very close to my home. It was built by the Romans in 260AD then taken over by the Normans when they landed on that very spot in 1066.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

  8. I love amphitheaters no matter where they are. They fascinate me for some reason...

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  9. I enjoy stone bridges. They're always so pretty. The hauptmarket area is lovely. Like going back in time. WeekendsInMaine

  10. Not a place I have heard of before. Interesting photos. I have visited Roman ruins in Greece which is, itself, full of ruins - I particularly loved Delphi.

  11. One of our favorite German cities, haven't been there in years. We did a tour of Egypt so I guess the temples and tombs along the Nile are our oldest site, though Stonehenge is right up there.

  12. Germany is beautiful, and I'd love to explore it more than I have. Trier looks gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures. :)

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  13. I've still not made it to Germany but this is definitely going on the list of places to visit. The old buildings look fascinating and I love cities that are based around rivers as it gives such a central focus for your visit.

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  14. I would love to see this great city. You are very lucky to see all these great places and Trier is on my list. I saw some Roman ruins in Vienna


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