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Black Gate (Porta Nigra)

Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Ranked #4 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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Dyersburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

It was touching a piece of history and I liked that. Can be busy and crowded so time your visit later afternoon when it was quieter.

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Albertslund, Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

At first it is ugly but slowly it changes Your first impression. It turns out to be so interesting with the huge almost black walls with the cuttings in pattern in different directions all over the walls. Slaves built it obviously but the romans designed this and all the other buildings, roads, brigdes and much more. The site is made... More

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Almelo, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The Porta Nigra is, obviously, a part of Trier that you need to go to even though it is not that impressive. The idea that the port has stood there for so many years, however, is. We did not bother to pay 3 euros to go up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Loved the city of Trier. Porta Nigra was our first stop when we arrived in Trier. To be able to walk and explore something that was built over 2000 years ago was an amazing experience! We took the walking tour offered at the visitors center at Porta Nigra. The tour was very interesting and we got to hear interesting facts... More

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Sun City West, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our touring group of 42 had a walking tour of Trier. This was the last stop before some free time to explore. It is possible to climb all over the structure, but we opted to appreciate and photograph it from the ground level. Lots of interesting stores/shops in the area, including a One Euro Store (like a 99 Cent Store).... More

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Trier, Germany
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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

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

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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