Porta Nigra

Porta Nigra information

Location
Trier , Germany
Prices
adult/child €3/2
Opening hours
9am-6pm Apr-Sep, to 5pm Mar & Oct, to 4pm Nov-Feb
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This brooding 2nd-century Roman city gate – blackened by time (hence the name, Latin for ‘black gate’) – is a marvel of engineering since it’s held together by nothing but gravity and iron clamps.

In the 11th century, the structure was turned into a church to honour Simeon, a Greek hermit who spent six years walled up in its east tower. After his death in 1134, he was buried inside the gate and later became a saint.