Location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
The Porta Nigra is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps - an incomparable connection between the ancient past and today's modern city. The old city gate dates from 170 AD, when the Romans liked to build public buildings out of large blocks. The Porta Nigra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected cultural asset under the Hague Convention since 1986.
July 16, 2018
The landmark of Trier, right at the beginning of the pedestrian zone. Since every tourist needs a photo here and every 'Latin class' from Germany has to come here on a school trip, it is usually correspondingly full. At off-peak times, in bad weather or in winter, you have a very good chance of a little more rest.
February 6, 2021
Trier celebrated in 1984 the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the city. The old Augusta Treverorum was one of the most important administrative seats of the Roman Empire and most important city of Germany in Roman times.
But there is an old inscription on the Red House ....
Ante Romam Treviris stetit annis mille trecentis perstet aeterna pace fruatur. "Trier stood before Rome for thirteen hundred years, may it continue, rejoicing in eternal peace."
March 17, 2017
The Porta Nigra (Latin for "Black Gate") is a built from 170 AD. Ancient Roman city gate on Porta Nigra Square and landmark of the city of Trier. The name Porta Nigra dates back to the Middle Ages. The inhabitants of Trier usually designate the gate only as "Porta". Great starting point for exploring the city!
September 11, 2019
Testified since the Middle Ages, the name Porta Nigra is probably derived from the dark color created by the weathering of the Kordel sandstone. First mentioned is the name in the Gesta Treverorum from the 12th century. The passage reads in German translation: "They (the Treverer) called it Marstor to Mars, whom they regarded as the god of war; when they went out to war, they marched out to this gate. Black Gate but it was named for the mourning in which they returned by it when they fled the field. "
September 18, 2019
The Porta Nigra (height 29m) is an earlier Roman city gate built from 170 AD and a symbol of the city of Trier. The name Porta Nigra comes from the Middle Ages. The residents of Trier usually only refer to the gate as "Porta". The Porta Nigra has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage in Trier since 1986.
February 7, 2021
The Porta Nigra (Latin for "Black Gate"; formerly also Porta Martis and Römertor) is a former Roman city gate built from 170 AD on Porta Nigra Square and is a symbol of the city of Trier. The name Porta Nigra comes from the Middle Ages. The inhabitants of Trier usually only call the gate "Porta".
The Porta Nigra has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage in Trier since 1986. Furthermore, it is a protected cultural asset under the Hague Convention. The Porta Nigra is the best preserved Roman city gate in Germany.
January 19, 2022
When the Romans in 170 AD laid the foundation stone for the Porta Nigra, they could hardly have foreseen its success story. After all, the city gate was only one of four in Trier at the time - and of many in the entire Roman Empire. Today, around 1850 years later, the “Black Gate” is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and THE attraction when it comes to Roman rule in the areas of today's Germany.
February 6, 2021
The Porta Nigra, Trier's landmark, is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city gate now serves as the central information center on the Roman city, which is shown there in an impressive model. Multimedia guides bring the history of the Porta Nigra to life from its beginnings in antiquity to its use as a church complex. Alternatively, the content of the multimedia guide can be accessed on site free of charge using your own smartphone. Visitors to the Porta Nigra experience a new generation of digital guidance. A multimedia installation illustrates how the ancient city gate could become a place of veneration of saints in the Middle Ages.
The city gate was built from approx. 7200 stone blocks around 170 AD, and thanks to the massive construction it has been preserved to this day. With the end of the Roman Empire and the change of time, the city gate was used in a variety of ways. In the 11th century, the building served as a dwelling for the monk Simeon, who lived as a hermit. With his death, the city gate was converted into a church complex - another reason why it has been preserved to this day. The following centuries were marked by renovation and maintenance measures. Under Napoleon's rule, the church was dissolved in 1803 and a restoration of the ancient design was ordered. Even today, measures for the renovation and maintenance of the Porta Nigra are taking place.
July 14, 2021
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The Porta Nigra, Trier's landmark, is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city gate was built from approx. 7200 stone blocks around 170 AD, it has been preserved to this day due to the massive construction.
July 1, 2020
The construction of the city gate began in 170 AD as the northern entrance to the city of Augusta Treverorum (Augustus city in the land of the Treveri). The dating of the gate was long controversial and ranged from the 2nd to the 4th century AD. In January 2018, the start of construction based on a dendrochronological examination of wooden remains of the city wall was set to the year 170 AD, as these 169 / 170 had been felled.
In various places there are signs carved into the stones, some of which are upside down. These are probably stonemason's marks that help reconstruct the construction of the gate. The signs in the west tower contain dates, but without the year, so that an absolute dating of the Porta Nigra is not possible in this way. However, the marks can be used to estimate the time it took to build the gate, as they marked several parallel cuboids lying one above the other. If these times are extrapolated to the entire structure, taking into account a sensible subdivision into construction lots and excluding winter as a construction period, the Porta Nigra would have been completed as a shell within two to four years.
The construction begun under Emperor Mark Aurel was never finally completed. For example, the holes to accommodate the hinges of the gates have already been pre-made. The bosses of the unfinished cuboids still protrude into the axis of rotation of the gates, so that a movable gate could never be installed.
February 6, 2021
The Porta Nigra was built almost 2,000 years ago as a Roman city gate and has survived the centuries almost unscathed. It was built from 7,200 blocks of stone and is 29 meters high. Used as a church in the Middle Ages, 800 years later it once again serves as a city gate.
Today, the black gate, as it is translated, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landmark of Trier.urlaub-in-rheinland-pfalz.de/urlaub/766/Porta_Nigra/index.htm
May 14, 2023
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Location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany