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Build 170 A.D., the Porta Nigra is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps.
© Thomas Zühmer

Porta Nigra

The Porta Nigra (Black Gate) is Trier’s landmark. The Romans built it in the 2nd century AD out of huge sandstone blocks that weighed up to 6 tons and were held together by iron clamps. You can climb to the top for great view over the city.

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. 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.

© TTM
© TTM

Nowhere else north of the Alps can you experience the Roman era more authentically than in Trier. The centre of Antiquity in Germany is located here. The city was once one of the largest urban centres in the Roman Empire. As a flourishing centre of trade and administrative seat, the city became the residence of emperors in the western part of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity.

Visit

Porta Nigra

Hours

*April - September: *
daily 9:00 - 18:00
*October and March: *
daily 9:00 - 17:00
*November - February: *
daily 9:00 - 16:00

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Pricing

Single admission (price per person):
a) Adults: € 4.00
b) Adults in groups (10 or more persons): € 3.50
c) Children and adolescents through age 17: € 2.50
d) Children and adolescents through age 17 in groups: € 2.00
e) Pensioners, unemployed, students (over age 18), severely disabled, military and civilian service: € 3.00

Single admission (family ticket)
f) Families (1 adult with a maximum of 4 children over age 6): € 4.00
each additional child: € .50
g) Families (2 adults with a maximum of 4 children over age 6): € 8.00
each additional child: € .50


ANTIQUITIES CARD for entry to multiple monuments

ANTIKENCARD BASIC € 12,00
Admission into two Roman monuments and the Landesmuseum for a group of at least 15 persons. Valid one week from the time of purchase, no additional reductions.

ANTIKENCARD PREMIUM € 18,00
Entrance to the four Roman monuments and the Landesmuseum is included in the offer for school classes. Valid one week from the time of purchase, no additional reductions.

ANTIKENCARD GROUP € 10,00
ANTIKENCARD SCHOOL € 6,00

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