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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Very nice to visit with a handy small brochure that explains all there is to see. Discount of 10% with the Trier card.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You haven't realized how mighty Rome was before seeing the Porta Nigra (just one of the gates of the old town). And you cannot realize the sheer size of this outsized city gate without climbing it inside: gaze from the third floor to the city down below and wonder what the barbarians might have felt when seeing this for the... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Regardless from whichever part of the city you approach Porta Nigra, when you first notice it, it will impress you with its size and its well preserved state. Do yourself a favor and pay the symbolic entry fee and visit it from inside. From the top, you'll also enjoy the beautful view of the city.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Considering how old and how far from Rome this landmark is, it's amazing to see this structure still standing. It's a great way to start your Trier visit which itself is one of my favorite cities in Germany.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Anchoring one end of the walking zone it is a nice structure. Ancient and full of history - worth a detour if you are the other side of town.

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Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You can stand on the outside and look at it for free, but do yourself a favor and the small fee and go inside. You won't regret it. The views of Trier are beautiful. The engravings inside are worth a look. Being able to look out the arched windows was my favorite part.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you are in the Trier area or passing by Porta Nigra is worth the visit. Well preserved Roman Gate with lots of history to share. Pay a small fee to go inside the gate. My children (ages 9 and 7) enjoy exploring the gate as well. You will also have pretty amazing views of Trier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Not far from the St. Peter's Dom, Porta Nigra is quite unique and worth a look. The structure remains from a Roman city built around 400 AD. We walked through later in the evening and found a group practicing a choral performance in the courtyard. Very cool.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This structure is quite unique and is in very good conditions, with its location at the end of the shopping area it is imposing. Trier attractions are very compact and most are accessible within a few minutes walk, so visiting this attraction could not be easier.

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Rothselberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is truly something to see! There is more to it then you would think when viewing it from the outside and it only cost 3 euro to get in! The view from the top was cool too!

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