UNESCO World Heritage Sites TrierThe Porta Nigra, the emblem of Trier
The Porta Nigra, the emblem of Trier, is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, and is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Today the city gate serves as a central source of information on the Roman city, which is portrayed here in the form of an impressive model. A multimedia guide brings the history of the Porta Nigra to life, from its beginnings in antiquity to its use as a church, or alternatively the content of the multimedia guide can be accessed on the spot free of charge on your own smartphone. Visitors to the Porta Nigra can thus experience the latest generation of digital guided tours. A multimedia installation illustrates how in the Middle Ages the ancient city gate became a place for the veneration of saints.
The city gate was built in around 170 CE using approximately 7200 blocks of stone, and has been preserved until today thanks to its solid construction. With the ending of the Roman Empire and changing times, the city gate was used for a variety of purposes. Thus in the 11th century it served as an abode for the monk Simeon, who lived as a hermit. On his death the city gate was converted into a church, which was another reason for its survival. The subsequent centuries were marked by renovation and maintenance measures. In 1803 under Napoleon's rule the church was dissolved, and orders were given to restore its ancient design. Today too, measures are taking place to renovate and conserve the Porta Nigra.