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Black Gate (Porta Nigra)

Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Ranked #3 of 150 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The view itself is worth the 3 euro admission. You are provided with an orientation map explaining the site. It was not crowded and you can spend as much time as you like inside. You must climb several flights of old stone stairs to reach the top. Be careful and use the handrails!

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London, England
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Good picture prospect for sure...go inside where you pay to go up and read how over the years it has been many things mainly ecclesiastical and how Napoleon "sort of" saved it from religion and turned it back as best he could to a Roman structure. Not easy. Originally white it went black in the middle ages (no comments please)... More

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Hirschau, Germany
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Porta Nigra's Roman history tells a part of the Empire's story... this amazing town entrance is Ginormous!! Back in the 80's, Trier celebrated their 2000th birthday... 2000!! Absolutely incredible and a super place for people watching!

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Trier, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Trier is rich in history and the porta negra is instrumental in its story. With that said, I would recommend reading about this landmark and taking a nice picture or two amd then move on. It is not worth paying to go inside. There is nothing to see. Hope that helps and you enjoy Trier!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a magnificent relic of history standing strong as the gate way still to Trier. Not all it's repairs have been done well enough though.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is such an old site, its nice to go under the gate and check the images and carvings. Nothing much to see as such but the fact that it's from around the roman times the history behind the gate is impressive.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is really not that interesting, all the guide books say go here but it is an ugly looking thing thats only interest seems to be that it is 1800 years old.

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New York City, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Good spot for a picture. We didn't go inside nor did we choose to really do much else besides look and take a photo to say we were here.

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New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You must buy a ticket and go up and walk the stairs and floors. It is really amazing that it was build way back when. From down, it doesn't looks as imposing. When you get up, there is a huge spaces up there.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
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200 reviews 200 reviews
67 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What history,a must see and in very center of Trier,Germany. The President of Germany gave a talk free the gate during our stay.

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