Trip to Trier

We visited ancient and beautiful Trier last Sunday. It is approximately an hour drive from where we are currently staying.

Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region. It was founded by the Celts probably in the late 4th century BC. Later it was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC and renamed Trevorum. Trier could be the oldest town in Germany.

We saw impressive Porta Nigra (Black Gate). It is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. The Porta Nigra was built in grey sandstone between 186 and 200 AD. In 1986 the Porta Nigra was designated a World Heritage Site, along with other Roman monuments in Trier and its surroundings.

Besides sightseeing we did some shopping as well. It was shopping Sunday and lot of great stores had sales going on.

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