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Secrets of the Porta Nigra

Porta-Nigra-Platz, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Ranked #3 of 150 attractions in Trier
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

21+ years ago, my husband and I came here when we were dating through the first years. This is a very special place. We were away for 17 years and being back brought lots of good memories. Our boys enjoyed it and glad they still take care of the Porta Nigra. My husband who knows its history shared them to... More

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

In Secrets of the Porta Nigra visitors tour the interior of the city gate accompanied by an actor portraying a Roman centurion, an architect and a priest. The costumed guide did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life and provided historical background without overload. He constantly interacted with the audience and his wits were clearly well received by... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Settlements in the Trier valley can be archaeologically documented back to the Stone Age - 7,000 years ago! The Porta Nigra was one of the original Roman gates to this "oldest city in Europe". Dating back to 17BC !! 2,031 years old.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The Porta Nigra ( Black Gate ) has four levels to go up, all done by stairs. So if you're not to good walking, then its not recommended, but if you can get to the top, then you'll get a great view of Trier. I had beautiful views of Porta Nigra from the hotel Mecure where I stayed. Well woth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Great construction that brings lots of history alive. It doesn't take much time either to go up and across the whole building. There is also a very nice view of Trier center area from up there.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
79 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Driving along the main road in Germany`s oldest city one is confronted by a famous landmark, the Porta Nigra gate (or black gate), the largest and well preserved Roman gate north of the Alps. This is the entrance into the old town, and what an entrance. One can take a tour with a centurion in uniform and delve into the... More

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Indonesia
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13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Definitely one of the many places a visitor should go to. It's iconic. The climb up to the top of the tower is well worth the small entrance fee. The view is great. Best place to take picture would be from the other side on the main road.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Cosy city with old remainings of the roman empire: PORTA NIGRA ,wonderfull construction,beautyfull old historical center also. And a lott of shops.

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London
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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

You get really excited when you enter the old town through theses gates built around AD200 you get a sense of being part of history. Located adjacent to the tourist information office you have to pick your moment to take photos as this place is heaving with tourists. You are allowed to clamber onto its upper levels and get a... More

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San Francisco, California
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The imposing Porta Nigra ("Black Gate") is a towering Roman gateway built around AD 200. It is the largest surviving city gate from ancient Roman times and served not only as a means of protection, but also as a symbol of strength and power. The Market Square, through the Gate, is one of the most magnificent squares in all of... More

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