Porta Nigra

sights / Historic

Porta Nigra information

Location
Trier , Germany
Prices
adult/student €3/2.10, incl Stadtmuseum Simeonstift €7.20/5.80
Opening hours
9am-6pm Apr-Sep, to 5pm Mar & Oct, to 4pm Nov-Feb
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Top billing among Trier’s Roman monuments goes to the Porta Nigra, a brooding 2nd-century city gate that’s been blackened by time (hence the name, Latin for ‘black gate’). A marvel of engineering and ingenuity, it’s held together by nothing but gravity and iron rods. In the 11th century, Archbishop Poppo converted the structure into St Simeonkirche, a church named in honour of a Greek hermit who spent a stint holed up in its east tower.