Trier, Germany: City of Roman Ruins
Thinking that I would just stay home this weekend and finish my New York Law Course was silly: I’m in Europe, anything could happen! One of the people I live with told me she had an extra spot in her car, which she was going to drive with a work colleague to Trier. I had never heard of Trier and wondered why she wanted to go there; and then I looked up pictures of the city. It’s beautiful!
I don’t remember if I had ever been to Rome…and I definitely have never been to Greece, so I’ve never actually seen Roman ruins in person. If you haven’t, you absolutely should, because it was breathtaking. I couldn’t stop staring. Unlike my other posts, I’m not going to write a lot: there’s not much to say beyond giving a brief history of the city and its significance.
Back in Roman times, Trier was one of the capitals of the Roman empire to the north. There were once 40,000 people living in the city (for Roman times, that’s huge!). This is a map of what we know was in the city, and where it is located, as well as what the wall around the city must have looked like:
You could go and see all of the buildings I’ve indicated in numbers, as they are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here’s what they are:
- Stadttor “Porta Nigra” – the city gate
- Doppelkirchenanlage (Dom) – double church complex, a cathedral
- Amphitheater: We did not see the amphitheater because from pictures we realized that nothing really is left of it, so it looks more like a gaping hole than anything worth the time.
- Palastaula “Basilika”
- Kaiserthermen – imperial baths, that never saw completion; the photo on the bottom is an architect’s rendition of what it might have looked like had it ever been finished.
- Moselbrücke – Roman bridge
- Barbarathermen – Barbara baths
Here are some more pictures from the trip: