Farther down the Mosel Valley is Germany's oldest city, Trier. Its history boasts 1,300 years of Celtic residents before it became an ancient capital of Rome, Dom Trier, Germany's oldest Christian church, Porta Negra and the ancient Roman bath houses. Trier was founded in 16 B.C. by Augustus. Constantine built a basilica that was used as a throne room in ancient times. Karl Marx was also born in Trier.
Porta Negra is the only remaining gate out of four original that guarded the city in ancient times when it was walled in. It was built without any mortar. Only iron pegs hold the sandstone in place.
The Hauptmarkt (market) square is alive with flower peddlers, cafes, and fountains. St. Peter's fountain is a symbol of a thoughtful city government.
Weinstube Cafe inside the city square
St. Peter's Fountain
A block away is the Dom Trier which was the seat of the archbishop. It is the oldest Christian Church of Germany and houses the Holy Robe, a tunic that is rumored to be owned by Jesus. It was bombed very badly during World War II and has been restored since then.
Three angels in the courtyard. They were my favorite piece
In the courtyard
Under the cross in the pulpit is the Holy Robe on display.
This ceiling was very detailed above the back of the nave
Constantine's basilica is also a few blocks away from the cathedral and adjoins St. Helena's palace. St. Helena was the mother of Constantine and legitimized Christianity in 312 AD
It was closed this day so we couldn't go inside
It is a very large, sturdy structure
The Palace connecting to the basilica
A lion, lady figurine
The last place we visited in Trier were the Roman bath houses. Only ruins today, they were the most intricate bath houses the Roman's ever built. They had a large amphitheater, two levels of subterranean baths and a large courtyard where games were played.
Oz standing next to the foot of Constantine's statue
The remaining ancient Roman bath house of Trier
Inside the under ground bath houses
Oz inside an amphitheater
Doing some modeling
This is where the Roman's held their concerts