Extraordinary Journey Through the Time in Trier

Extraordinary Journey Through the Time in Trier.hIt all started with the Romans: They built a huge city in a beautiful valley of the Mosel, which is very different from Gaul and Germania. And while the Roman foundations built over two thousand years ago - in Trier, the past is still alive, with a new spirit. 

Our family arrived at Trier in one day in the spring of 2006. The day was sunny though slightly overcast sky closes. The air was pretty cool. A few hours there, we passed comfortably.
Extraordinary Journey Through the Time in Trier,fantastic guys.

Arriving at the city station, Trier looks like other German cities. Small station not too crowded. More than one kilometer we must take to reach the old town of Trier altstadt alias. 

Trier became a modern city residence with cozy old town center. In addition to the impressive ancient Roman construction, these cities also has a large restaurant-restaurant, cafes, and bars student environments with atmosphere. 


The existence of the original inhabitants of the city is not known for sure, said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when he lived in Trier in 1792. Various historical research can not find the answer to this question. Little is certain: the ruler of the region before the Roman era only living legend. Sixteen years BC, the historical evidence suggests that the Romans had built a bridge splitting the Mosel River in the center of the Celtic settlement Treverer and established the first city on German soil as the embryo of Trier. They named Augusta Treverorum. 


Since then, the area is rapidly developing into a metropolitan city in the third century BC, and served as ibo rich city in the western region - from North Africa to Britain. Under Roman rule, the city has a population of up to 80 thousand people. This amount is almost equal to the number of people living in the old town of Trier today.
Under Constantine the Great and his mother, Helena, the city won the golden era and lasted until the year 400. Then, the center shifted to settlement and administrative center of Milan to Arles. Their army must fight to defend their territory other. Augusta Treverorum was abandoned. 


Afterwards, the city without adequate security is a frequent victim of looting and pillaging by the Germans and other nomadic peoples. Since 480, the final Trier fell to the French court. 


The atmosphere immediately changed dramatically as we approach the Porta Nigra, a highlight antique building in Trier. The building is located directly at the entrance of the old town, and is the northern entrance of Augusta Treverorum. Porta Nigra, which means black gate was built between the years 180 and 200 AD by the Roman army from natural stones are black and square cut to size. This gate is the biggest remaining until now. 


Building height of about 30 meters has two three-and four-storey tower and connected with the room that now serves as a museum. Porta Nigra is a symbol of more than two thousand years of history Trier. For first-time visitors like us to visit Trier, Porta Nigra is the starting point for exploring all parts of the old city. This building is a remarkable link between the past with today's modern city. Right behind him, there is a tourist information center with information objects of tourism attractions in Trier. 


Adjacent to the Porta Nigra and looked into the old town of Trier has seemed to take a trip through time to the past. Across the Porta Nigra, frame houses are green, pink, and blue. From here, it looks dome and shops with old buildings maintained to look like the original. Almost everything looks ancient here. If we reverse the view across the road to the other, looking modern buildings with glittering glass. Stark contrast. 


We go through Simeonstrasse, connecting road between Porta Nigra and Hauptmarkt. The road was also built in the time of Roman rule. In medieval times, the region has been a center of trade. Cafe chairs meet most of the road. Fortunately, most of the old city is a pedestrian zone, so that we can continue to run safely and comfortably. In this way, about a hundred meters from the Porta Nigra stands one of the beautiful medieval buildings, Dreikoenigenhaus or Three Kings House, a gothic-style building in white and pink. The building houses an ancient three-tiered stand around the year 1230. Its name is derived from a painting by Epiphanie. 


A few hundred feet later is Judengasse and Hauptmarkt, Trier old city center, with a shower of a collection of sculpture in the middle. Judengasse former ghetto. They have occupied the area since the second or third century AD when the Roman Trier still controlled. 


In Hauptmarkt, seen some merchants were selling merchandise. Is the seller of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as stalls selling souvenirs. Street musicians enliven the city. Cafes held benches on the streets, so that visitors can see the city residents and tourists passing by. 


The buildings around the Hauptmarkt is an old building which serves as a store. Some are Fachwerkhaus, namely an ancient house with a frame made of wood large colorful. The timber is mounted upright, cross, or form a specific pattern. Some other buildings are buildings of ancient architecture with unique windows. Even the famous clothing store Hermes & Mauritz aka H & M occupies an old building pink. 


From a narrow alley between the shops, we can see the Dome zu Trier. This ancient building stands in the former palace owned by Constantine. After Constantine occupied for the last time in the year 328/329, this court abandoned. In the year 330, in the former palace built antique church wide area four times the current church complex, including the buildings around it until some Hauptmarkt. 


Building dome still has Roman roots with the original walls as high as 25 meters. Large granite pillar near the entrance has a shape similar to the ancient Roman worship. Dome building currently has three chapels, porches, valuables storage space, and a sacred item, with a span of more than 1650 years of development. 


Right on the left Dome, stands majestically Liebfrauen church was built around the 13th century. Although adjacent, the two churches have different styles. If the dome is still influenced style roman, gothic style building Liebfrauen is, with details of doors, windows, and pillars are very beautiful. Archbishop Theoderich Liebfrauen von Wied led development in the early 13th century, and continued by Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden. Feature is that the cross-shaped floor plan. Right dipersilangan, stands a collection of chapel. A museum contains a collection of both churches stood in front of the church Liebfrauen. Because of the beauty and splendor, Dome, Liebfrauen Church and the remains of the other Roman Trier was named a world cultural heritage by the Organization of Educational, Scientific and Cultural World UN, UNESCO. 


We walked up the alley on the left side of the church Liebfrauen, enjoying a row the other old buildings and walk towards the Basilica. Some other group of tourists looked back and forth through this place. Some took time to take pictures of old buildings Trier or just photographed together. 


The basilica was Saal where Constantine was crowned as emperor. Tall building is comprised of a very large room called the Hall Palatina, measuring 27.2 meters wide, 33 meters high and 67 meters long. The Romans wanted to show the greatness and power them through the architecture they built. That said, this room was so large, until an organ sound would echo terdengan 7 seconds later. Since the mid-19th century, the basilica serves as the only Protestant church in Trier, where most of the population adheres to Catholic Christianity. 


Right in front of the Basilica lies the palace of the royal family or a health resort known as Kurfuerstliche Palais. This palace is one of the rococo-style palace or barock end of the loveliest in the world. Park in front of him, further adds to the charm of the palace. On the right side, there is a staircase and a blank area, where many young people hang out and skate board. On the other side of the garden, shady trees grow, complete with park benches underneath. Two pools in the trees. 


A road in the park took us in the direction of one of the main attractions of the old town of Trier, which Kaiserthermen, one of three public baths in Trier Roman era. In the early 4th century AD, a bathhouse Kaiserthermen largest Roman territory. Old baths building is above and below ground. Some have been destroyed by time. Some surface even overgrown vines. The place is open to the public at certain times. An iron fence surrounds, so that when closed, visitors can still enjoy it from outside the fence. 


Four hours of our short trip in the old town Trier really feels very short. There are many interesting objects that we actually want to visit. But we ended it by walking along the parapet of the old city to the main station Trier.

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