Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Porta Nigra in Trier , Germany

that black building is the Porta Nigra, viewed from the town outside and one of Trier's point of interest. The yellow building next to it is the Information center of Trier. photo by Euroangel

As we visited our friends in Kaiserslautern last January 2008, we decided to take a short trip to Trier, Germany. If I'm not mistaken Trier is considered to be Germany's oldest city. This city is also full of interesting stories to tell. One point of interest in this city is the Porta Nigra.
keep reading below to know more about it!!

have a great day to all!!

I visited Porta Nigra with friends last January 2008.

The Porta Nigra Today (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porta_Nigra)

The modern appearance of the Porta Nigra goes back almost unchanged to the reconstruction ordered by Napoleon. At the south side of the Porta Nigra, remains of Roman columns line the last 100m of the street leading to the gate. Positioned where they had stood in Roman times, they give a slight impression of the aspect of the original Roman street that was lined with colonnades.

The gate is today closed for cars, but stands right next to one of the main streets of Trier. In addition to the general pollution, the exhaust fumes of the passing cars have been damaging the stones for decades. Generally, however, the Porta Nigra is still in remarkable condition.

The Porta Nigra, including the upper floors, is open to visitors. In summer, guided tours are also offered by an actor dressed up as and portraying a centurion (a Roman army officer) in full armor.



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