We arrived in Trier and we felt that we were coming home. We lived near the city for four years, and that was the place we went to lunch, to shop, to tour, and just to hang out. So as we drove into town, we couldn’t wait to see our old stomping grounds.
As you walk across the street from the parking garage, the first thing you see is the impressive Porta Nigra, which was one of the four Roman gates protecting the city around 200 AD. It towers over the modern buildings of the city, as it has four stories of large dark stone. I can only imagine that if there were archers and sentries blocking my way, that I would be extremely leary of entering.
As people (read tourists) pass through the gate, they immediately see the Tourist information center on the right, where you can take tours, ride the tourist train, and a myriad of other activities.
We headed to the the two major churches, the Trier Cathedral (Dom St. Peter) and the Liebfrauenkirche (Our Lady of Trier). Unfortunately the Liebfrauenkirche was closed for renovations, but we were able to walk through the gardens. That gave us more time to enjoy the dom.
The cathedral was originally commissioned by Constantine himself in 326 AD and is considered the oldest in Germany. Just like many other cathedrals, there are plenty of paintings, sculptures, crypts, and such. The one thing that this cathedral has that others haven’t is the robe of Christ. Reportedly it came directly from Jerusalem via Constantine’s mother who made many pilgrimages to the holy city. This is the seamless robe that Jesus was supposed to be wearing during his crucifixtion. Needless to say, it’s a very important relic,and pilgrims come from all over the world to see the room that it is kept in. The robe is shown on occasion, but I haven’t seen it.
There are so many things to see in Trier, that really one day is pushing it, but like I said, we’d seen most of the stuff before. We were more interested in walking through the bustling square and just taking in our surroundings. We thought we would have a nice lunch there, but Saturdays are so packed with people and that we grabbed a (gasp!) McDonald’s and went on our merry way.