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Black Gate (Porta Nigra)

Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Ranked #2 of 151 attractions in Trier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description:  La Porta Nigra well known as the "black gate" was given the name do to the fact that it was made of grey sandstone, giving it a dark texture. The... more »
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Trier, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Porta Nigra is a well preserved relic from the time the Romans occupied Trier---one can climb into it and see the city from a different vantage point--great for children

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Steeped in over 2,000 years of history, this is not to be missed. The guided walk takes in this and the Roman Amphitheatre and roman baths, and more ruins are being discovered all the time. Trier is the oldest city in Germany

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Really cool historic building with a great view at top. At only 3 euros the view alone is worth the cost. Add a little roman history and you have yourself a great tourist stop.

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Stanton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Looks great from outside, but not worth paying to go inside. If you have the museum card for two sites, I wouldn't choose this one.

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

People of Trier and Germany are proud of their tie to the Romans. This is the remaining gate that stands for thousands of years. The gate was converted to house two churches at one time, upper one for the nobles and lower one for the lowly. There was a Greek hermit monk "lived" insides a small room in the gate... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Porta Nigra is a must-see while visiting Trier. There is a fee on entry to the Gate but once you reach the top the view is spetacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It is nice to look at things that were built almost two thousands years ago. Even more interesting that it was a church that Napolean tore down so that he could look at the original Roman structure. It was worth paying the little money to climb around in it.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

standing next to this is amazing...seeing how it has changed colors over the years from the smoke of the fires and how it towers over even my big boys is fascinating.

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Porta Nigra is a must-see while visiting Trier. At first glance, it does not appear as if there is much to see, however, once you climb up to one of the top levels, the view is absolutely gorgeous. Trier may not have breathtaking views like some major cities, but the view from the Porta Nigra will give you an... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

In Germany's oldest city, the Porta Nigra ("Black Gate") stands as an ancient gateway to the city of Trier. The massive structure marks the start of the pedestrian zone and what would have been the ancient main road of Trier. Completely intact, Porta Nigra is open on all levels. The views from third floor are impressive as you can see... More

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