St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
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This 11th-century cathedral holds the tombs of several archbishops and displays an impressive collection of religious relics.
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  • David D
    1,212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent Romanesque cathedral that has stood at the heart of Trier since Roman times.
    The core of the church dates back to Roman times, but the current structure has been rebuilt and restored many times. It holds a famous relic, said to be the tunic of Christ on his crucifixion and this was a major place of pilgrimage in medieval times. The carvings within the church, and the organs on the walls are most impressive to see. There are crypts beneath the cathedral, but they do not hold much of historical importance.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
  • swoodruf
    Muskegon, Michigan1,578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a Cathedral
    The cathedral in the old city of Trier is definitely worth seeing. While the outside is mostly Romanesque, the inside has a variety of styles going on. The church is still a working church, and it has been updated with sculptures, artwork, and frescoes ever since.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California4,216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Beautiful Cathedral
    St. Peter's Cathedral is another great stop to make on a walking tour of Trier. It will not take you very long to appreciate the grandeur of the building and the fine restoration it has undergone. You can spend additional time, if you like, exploring every nook and cranny, but even a quick stop is well worth your while.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The oldest cathedral in Germany from the UNESCO World Heritage List.
    If you are standing in front of the facade of Germany's most ancient cathedral, only the right tower breaks the perfect symmetry. According to legend, the Archbishop of Trier ordered to add a few centimeters to it in the XVI century, so that it would be higher than the bell tower of the church of St. Gangolf, on the Hauptmarkt. The cathedral began to be built under Emperor Constantine, who recognized (it seems under the influence of Mother Elena) Christianity as the dominant religion in Rome, which immediately needed cathedrals, monasteries, and land plots. Built in the IV century, the cathedral stood for a little more than a century and was burned by barbarians in the V century during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the northern capital of which was Trier. The new cathedral was rebuilt on the basis of the external walls that remained standing. The current cathedral was built in several stages: in the XI, XII, XIII, XIV centuries. The Romanesque style of the cathedral was partially eroded by the installation of Baroque altars and other elements in the same style. The importance of the cathedral for Christians lay not only in the time of its creation, but in the relics collected in the cathedral. One of them is the chiton that was supposedly on Jesus at Calvary. This tunic, called the sacred rock, was presented to the cathedral by the mother of Emperor Constantine Elena, but was publicly shown only in 1512. The audience consisted of Emperor Maximilian I and the bishops. Just before the Reformation. Now the Sacred Rock is rarely put on public display and is kept in the chapel of healing, specially built for it. It was last exhibited in 2012 and attracted several hundred thousand pilgrims to the cathedral.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Ann C
    Nashville, Tennessee3,235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. Peter's Cathedral Trier
    Other TA reviewers cover everything of importance. It was not obvious to me where the robe was located when I arrived earlier, when I went back to go to the gift shop, located to the right of the altar (if facing the altar) and up stairs (opened at 10am) I found the robe. It was in a small area that overlooks the whole cathedral.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 5, 2024
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,952 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The front facade in the dom is in Romanesque style, however, since then the church has been expanded in about every style that passed by. This can be very well seen from the cloisters, which gives a great view if this church and the attached our Lady church. The interior of the church is rather sparsely decorated, however, there is a great organ, a great barok chapel ceiling, the relic to be viewed as well as a mysterious man carved out near one of the pillars.
Written July 12, 2020
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Kelly B
Iowa5,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I visited on a Tuesday morning in early March, and was lucky enough to be almost the only person in there.
It’s stunningly gorgeous. Multiple marble statues that will have you wondering just how much it costs to make this church. A beautiful ceiling, especially the dome section that’s blue with white angels.
Don’t forget to look in the courtyard. Several people are buried there.
It’s free to enter, and you can wander around at will. I got there shortly after morning mass ended, which was around 9:45.
Written March 7, 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
If you are standing in front of the facade of Germany's most ancient cathedral, only the right tower breaks the perfect symmetry. According to legend, the Archbishop of Trier ordered to add a few centimeters to it in the XVI century, so that it would be higher than the bell tower of the church of St. Gangolf, on the Hauptmarkt. The cathedral began to be built under Emperor Constantine, who recognized (it seems under the influence of Mother Elena) Christianity as the dominant religion in Rome, which immediately needed cathedrals, monasteries, and land plots. Built in the IV century, the cathedral stood for a little more than a century and was burned by barbarians in the V century during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the northern capital of which was Trier. The new cathedral was rebuilt on the basis of the external walls that remained standing. The current cathedral was built in several stages: in the XI, XII, XIII, XIV centuries. The Romanesque style of the cathedral was partially eroded by the installation of Baroque altars and other elements in the same style. The importance of the cathedral for Christians lay not only in the time of its creation, but in the relics collected in the cathedral. One of them is the chiton that was supposedly on Jesus at Calvary. This tunic, called the sacred rock, was presented to the cathedral by the mother of Emperor Constantine Elena, but was publicly shown only in 1512. The audience consisted of Emperor Maximilian I and the bishops. Just before the Reformation. Now the Sacred Rock is rarely put on public display and is kept in the chapel of healing, specially built for it. It was last exhibited in 2012 and attracted several hundred thousand pilgrims to the cathedral.
Written December 17, 2023
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swoodruf
Muskegon, MI1,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The cathedral in the old city of Trier is definitely worth seeing. While the outside is mostly Romanesque, the inside has a variety of styles going on. The church is still a working church, and it has been updated with sculptures, artwork, and frescoes ever since.
Written June 22, 2023
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
As you explore the many ancient wonders of Trier, do not miss the large, majestic St. Peter's and the smaller, yet beautiful Liebfrauenkirche situated next door. Why two Catholic churches side by side? In 313 AD, Constantine legalized Christianity and had 3 huge churches built on this site. They were mostly destroyed by Vikings in the 9th century. These are basically rebuilt churches. The St. Peter's Cathedral is Romanesque style, and Liebfrauenkirche is Gothic style. These churches are beautiful inside and out!
Written April 6, 2023
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David D
1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The core of the church dates back to Roman times, but the current structure has been rebuilt and restored many times. It holds a famous relic, said to be the tunic of Christ on his crucifixion and this was a major place of pilgrimage in medieval times. The carvings within the church, and the organs on the walls are most impressive to see. There are crypts beneath the cathedral, but they do not hold much of historical importance.
Written June 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David N
Hawthorne, CA4,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
St. Peter's Cathedral is another great stop to make on a walking tour of Trier. It will not take you very long to appreciate the grandeur of the building and the fine restoration it has undergone. You can spend additional time, if you like, exploring every nook and cranny, but even a quick stop is well worth your while.
Written July 3, 2023
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Other TA reviewers cover everything of importance.

It was not obvious to me where the robe was located when I arrived earlier, when I went back to go to the gift shop, located to the right of the altar (if facing the altar) and up stairs (opened at 10am) I found the robe. It was in a small area that overlooks the whole cathedral.
Written January 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

graeme A
kuala lumpur274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a large Dom and you certainly learn some historical information walking around. The individual chapels as always are extremely interesting in their history. The altar is another extremely beautiful altar. Don't forget to go through the side door to the outside chapel and gardens. Extremely informative but please keep young children quiet.
Written February 18, 2020
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OceanShark
Haarlem, The Netherlands6,298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very nice Cathedral and worth a visit. Free entrance.
Great place of history. Walking tour 10-15 minutes.
Bring your camera with you.
Written October 10, 2021
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