Sunday, 6 August 2006

Trier (part 1) - the Roman Heritage

In the previous week I went on a tour of North-western Europe with my family. The first stop was Trier, Germany's oldest city and - according to my Lonely Planet - former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Despite being a small city Trier has many attractions, so I devote 2 or 3 posts to this nice town. First up a look at the Roman Heritage.

Perhaps Trier's most famous sight: The 2nd century Porta Nigra which was the city gate of the Roman city. This is possibly one of Germany's oldest standing structures.

As befits any major Roman city Trier naturally had a large bath complex, where slaves underground would keep the city's bourgeoisie provided with heated swimmingpools, saunas and similar luxuries.

The city's imposing Cathedral itself is not from the Roman times but it has been built over the ruins of a 4th century Cathedral built by the Christian roman emperor Constantine.

The town's basilica is a huge structure built to be a throne hall for Emperor Constantine (making it from the 3rd or 4th century). It has since been converted to a protestant church. In my next posts I will show some pictures of the Basilica and the Cathedral from the inside. Both are very impressive buildings.

The whole family went to a Restaurant that is famous for serving food from the only Roman cookbook known to still exist in the world today. With so much of the food we eat nowadays being imported from other parts of the world (either the recipees or the actual food such as potatoes) it was a big experience trying European food as it was 1800 years ago.

A closer look at one of the dishes we were sampling, here a desert. This is an omelette with almonds, nuts and honey. Tasted very good, and so did the other courses we tried.

5 comments:

Sir John Franklin said...
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Sir John Franklin said...

Constantine I was proclaimed Augustus on the death of his father in AD 306. However, he wasn't properly recognised, due to the number of contenders, until his defeat of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 313. From 313-324 he co-ruled with Licinius as Emperor of the West. He defeated Licinius in 324, and had him executed. He ruled as sole emperor of Rome until his death in 337 AD.

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

Saivagmita K. said...

I like your post. It is enlightening.