Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trier City, Germany, 2013 Trip

Our first excursion in Germany was to visit Trier City, Germany's oldest city. These well preserved ruins are are some of the evidence that Romans had a major presence in Germany. Below shows the Roman Imperial baths (Kaiserthermen) built in the 4th century A.D.JPG

 Not too far from the Imperial baths is the Constantine Basilica. It is a Roman  palace  basilica  that was built by the emperor Constantine at the beginning of the 4th century.  Today it is owned and used as church by a congregation within the  Evangelical Church in the Rhineland. It was used as a residence of the bishop in the middle ages.

 We were all freezing while walking around. It was in the low 30's but temp. got a little better  as the day went by.

 Right behind the Constantine Basilica, the electoral palace was built. It is still used now as an administrative building.

Look at the gorgeous details of the front of the building.
 After walking and listening to the tour guide tell us about the basilica and palace, we walked towards where the Bishop's Cathedral is. The Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic church  and with its dimensions of 112.5 by 41 m, makes it the largest church structure in Trier. It is also the oldest cathedral in the country.

This Cathedral is huge! It was very hard to capture it in one piece.

 You can tell the Cathedral is Catholic from the roosters on top of the church and on this gate handle.

Very close to the cathedral is a very nice and interesting shopping plaza, probably my favorite (in addition to Rothenberg, which will be in another post) I love the atmosphere, a mixture of old world and new.

The Euro shop below is similar to our Dollar Store. But what is interesting about this Euro shop is that it was Karl Marx's birth place.
The stores and streets were all decked out for Christmas.
 My favorite store was Villeroy and Boch. I really enjoyed browsing throughout the whole store.

This is what I bought from the Villeroy and Boch store. The pattern name is "Audun Ferme" I really like the pastoral scene design. I would have loved to buy more pieces but we were very limited in luggage space. I have checked Ebay for more pieces but they are very expensive.

At the end of the shopping plaza is this ancient medieval structure called Porta Nigra which was built between 160-180 A.D of grey sandstone. The Porta Nigra guarded the northern entry to the Roman city. It is now the largest Roman gate north of the Alps. Considering its age, it is still in an amazing remarkable condition.

I hope you enjoyed another virtual tour with me. Thank you so much for coming along. I appreciate the hostesses of the memes I am linking with.
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