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Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Historical Site · Moseltal · 135 m · open today
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This is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A truly impressive structure!

Walk through the mighty archways, enter the west tower, stroll through the entire structure up to the top floor and enjoy the view over the city. The Porta Nigra was once the northern gate in a city wall more than 6 km long that generously surrounded Roman Trier. That it is so unusually well preserved is thanks to the medieval monk Simeon, who lived here as a hermit and was canonised after his death. In his honour, the archbishop had the Porta Nigra converted into a double church. Right next to it, the Simeonstift was built, today the seat of the city museum, where you can still find remains of the ancient city wall. The "Black Gate" was built around AD 170 from sandstone blocks that were once light in colour. Some of them we now know came from the "Pützlöchern" quarry near Butzweiler, which you can still visited. With the secularisation of ecclesiastic property under Napoleon, the church building became a Roman town gate again - but not completely: you can still find traces of the Christian past.

A station on the Roads of the Romans.

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open today
Open Apr 01, 2023 through Sep 30, 2023 from 09:00–18:00.
Open Oct 01, 2023 through Oct 31, 2023 from 09:00–17:00.
Open Nov 01, 2023 through Apr 30, 2024 from 09:00–16:00.


November - February: daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
March: daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April - September: daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October: daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


49.759611, 6.644096
49°45'34.6"N 6°38'38.7"E
32U 330326 5514567
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Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Simeonstraße 60
54290 Trier
Phone (0049) 651 4608965 Fax (0049) 651 9763700

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