Roman Porta Nigra @ Trier and along the Mosel

Today we went for a stroll through Trier before we drove along the river Mosel northwards, enjoying the scenery before we decided on one of the endless number of places for caravans along the river.

Trier is famous for its Roman past, still visible through many buildings of that time, especially the famous Porta Nigra, the black gate.

Today the Porta Nigra is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, its name originating from the the Middle Ages due to the darkened colour of its stone. It was built from 170 AD onwards, but was never finished. For example, the stones at the outer side of the gate were never abraded, and the protruding stones would have made it impossible to install movable gates. After 1035 the gate was turned into a church which lasted until 1802 Napoleon ordered it converted back to its Roman form.

Main square of Trier
High Cathedral of St. Peter

The Cathedral of St. Peter is the oldest church in Germany with the central part of the nave built of Roman brick in the early fourth century!

Baroque west choir as a strong contrast in the Roman church
Gothic cloister connecting the Cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche

The Liebfrauenkirche is one of the earliest Gothic churches in Germany. A special feature of the basilica is its atypical cruciform floor plan as a round church.

Medieval market cross and pillory
Market square with the Steipe
The Gothic Steipe built around 1430 as a reception building for the citizens dominates the market square. Until the 18th century it was used as city hall. During WWII it was completely destroyed. In the 70s the Steipe was reconstructed true to original after the citizens had rejected the proposition to erect a modern building instead, what luck!!
Leaving town through the Porta Nigra again
Driving along the Mosel – a famous wine area
River Mosel
Some lovely villages on the way
View from our spot for the night

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