Trier…Emperor Augustus and Karl Marx

1. Trier Stellplatz

On Wednedsay we drove 23 miles up-river to the roman town of Trier, said by some to be the oldest town in Germany. This is the view from the Konrad-Adenauer bridge, by the stellplatz. The motorhomes can just be seen through the trees on the left. The Roman bridge is in the distance crossing the Moselle.

34. Roman Bridge, Trier.

This is the roman bridge, ‘Romerbrucke’ which leads to the old town. It is about a km from the Stellplatz and a good landmark.

2. Porta Nigra

At one time Trier was the Roman administrative centre for all of Western Europe and the Porta Nigra or black gate formed part of the city walls. Built between 160 and 200 AD it gained its name in the middle ages from fungal discolouration of the solid chunks of white limestone from which it was built. It was originally constructed using metal hoops to bind the limestone…no mortar. The metal has long since been purloined by metal thieves. The stone of the gate has only been preserved from recycling into other buildings over the centuries by its use as a church from about 1035.

3. Porta Nigra Interior

Extensive carvings cover the inside of the gate.

4. View from Porta Nigra

Trier Cathedral (Dom) can be seen from the gate.

5. Stone Blocks of Porta Nigra

Stone cutters’ marks cover the stones.

Market Cross in Hauptmarket

Market Cross in Hauptmarket

After Trier was ransacked by the vikings in 882, the market was moved from the river to its current position in the centre of the old city. A cross was erected here in 985 to commemorate the event, by the Bishop of Trier. The original column is now in the city museum.

7. Hauptmarket in Trier

The Haupt Market, or market place is surrounded by beautiful old buildings.

St Peter's Fountain

St Peter’s Fountain

There has been a fountain here in the market square since the 16th century.

8. St Peter's Fountain

The four virtues surround St Peter’s column. These two appear to be Prudence and Moderation…possibly not a good choice for company for a night out on the town.

9. Hauptmarket

It is spargel season…we bought some of this lovely fat white asparagus for supper.

11. St Georges Fountain in Corn Market

St Georges Fountain in Corn Market

12a Sipping Wine in the Corn Market

We stopped for a glass of wine in the Corn Market.

12. Corn Market

These two excellent Bulgarian musicians entertained us while we sipped Riesling in the Corn Market.

Trier Cathedral

Trier Cathedral

There has been a church here since Roman times.

Cathedral Clock

Cathedral Clock

 Ornate Altar Carving in the Cathedral

Ornate Altar Carving in the Cathedral

 Cathedral Interior

Cathedral Interior

Dom Cathedral organ

Dom Cathedral organ

Impressive doors on the Church of Our Lady, next to the cathedral.

Impressive doors on the Church of Our Lady next to the cathedral.

Vaulted Ceiling of Church of our Lady.

Vaulted Ceiling of Church of our Lady.

Constantine's Basilica

Constantine’s Basilica

This is the throne room of the Emperor Constantine, 200 feet long and 100 feet high, it is the largest intact Roman structure outside of Rome.

21. Elector's Palace

Just next to the Basilica is the stunning rococo Trier Palace, also known as the Elector’s palace. Construction of the palace started in 1615.

Elector's Palace...east wing

Elector’s Palace…east wing

23. Constantine's Baths

Emperor Constantine started this massive pool/sauna/bath complex in the fourth century. Political events in the east distracted him and he left Trier in AD 316; the building was never completed.

Early swimming Pool

Early swimming Pool

25. Under the Pools

There is a labtyrinth of tunnels and service rooms under the pool complex. There were multiple hypocausts….early underfloor keep it all warm.

St Matthias Abbey

St Matthias Abbey

This abbey church, situated to the north of the old city, close to the Stellplatz, was built in the 10/12 century.

St Matthias facade

St Matthias facade

St Matthias

St Matthias

29. The amphitheatre

The amphitheatre is just to the east of the old city; it would have been directly in line with the forum and continuous with the city walls. It dates from the 1st century AD and was one of the first major projects after Augustus founded the city in 15 BC.

30. The Amphitheatre

Slavegirl leaving the amphitheatre by the citizens entrance.

31. The Amphitheatre..Entrance to the stalls

Gladiator with two Lions. They are fiercer than they look.

 Karl Marx's House

Karl Marx’s House

He was born here in 1818

Karl Marx Plaque

Karl Marx Plaque

After a couple of days we moved on from Trier. We plan to spend a week or so moving slowly across northern France towards Calais where we will catch the chunnel train back.


Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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6 comments on “Trier…Emperor Augustus and Karl Marx
  1. crbtaylor says:

    Thanks for sharing your visit, have put it on our list for September. We followed some of your route along the south coast of France last week. We tried the bike ride to Bages from the site in Narbonne but the winds beat us. Really impressed that Nia completed the trail towing the dogs! We’re in Italy now, back to 22˚. Peter, you would love the roads!
    Colin, Gill & Millie

  2. Rosie Pike says:

    What an interesting post and a fascinating town. Your Rhine trip has been amazing and a pleasure to follow. Another one to put on the ‘To Do List’! Can you do Sweden next please! Safe travels home. X

  3. Liz throup says:

    What an educational expedition! We are enjoying your exploits and sense of humour,Peter.
    Your lengthy cycle rides justify all that good grub. When shall we see the Lycra?
    Joe and I set off for Campbeltown tomorrow,I the rain.We hope to visit Arthur next Saturday
    Just before your return.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.
    Love, Liz& Joe xx

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