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Address: Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Phone Number: 0651-97-80-80
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This huge stone gate has stood as a symbol of the city since the second...

This huge stone gate has stood as a symbol of the city since the second century.

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Beautiful Roman Ruin

The Porta Nigra (Latin for black gate) is a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany. It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is designated as part of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
dr_deborah1030
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Missoula, Montana

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Porta Nigra (Latin for black gate) is a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany. It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is designated as part of the Roman Monuments in the Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Porta Nigra originated in the Middle Ages due to the darkened color of its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing piece of history right in the heart of one of my favorite cities ever. Highly recommend checking the Porta Nigra out and if you can spare the time going up to not only see the architecture but also the amazing views

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north carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gate (the black gate) was built in 189 AD, according to our guide. We paid for a guided tour of the ruins and historical sites of Trier. Didn't go in the building so not sure if there is a charge just to go in it or not. But well worth seeing. Amazing to realize how many hands through the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What's not to say, you don't find that much roman history in Germany, making this a site to be seen. I don't recollect there being a fee, unless you wanted to buy some books.

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Evans, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting Trier, then you should buy the multi pass ticket that gives you access to various historical sites and museums. Start at the Roman gate and gradually work your way to the Cathedral, baths, and gladiator arena. They sell tickets at the gate. This will take all day, but it is worth it.

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We're not huge history buffs, but this is a very cool structure built from 186-200 AD! It's hard to imagine the engineering it took to build - and it's impressive it's still standing. There's not a lot to see inside, but it's worth walking through to reflect on what life was like almost 2000 years ago.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Impressive piece of Roman architecture which amazingly stood the test of time. Centrally located, a worthy landmark of the lovely city of Trier.

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Over 2,000 years old this massive stone structure is an amazing monument to the building skills of the Romans. The main tourist office is close by and has plenty of information, literature and pictures on the subject.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The only remaining one of four original Roman city gates built around 200 AD, it has survived the dismantling carried out on the other portals (in order to recycle the stones for other buildings), the removal of lead/iron braces for reuse, Napoleon, and the ravages of time. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its imposing structure – listed as the largest... More 

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This unique former Roman city gate would no longer exist if it had not been "misused", recycled and modified to house 2 churches over many centuries until French occupation forces under Napoleon destroyed the churches and "unearthed" the Roman core. Guided theatrical tours in Summer (unfortunately only in German it seems) make you relive a bit the life and worries... More 

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