"Cathedral" St Peter's Cathedral Tip by Polly74

St Peter's Cathedral, Trier: 28 reviews and 67 photos

  View of the Cathedral from the Domstadt
by Polly74

The houses and streets surrounding and especially behind the Cathedral are called the Cathedral City. This area, with its narrow lanes between the tall curia houses of the Cathedral canons, is really worth seeing.

The street fronts are characterised by high walls built of recycled Roman material, ornamented gates, coats of arms, Latin inscriptions and structures from eight centuries.

The present Cathedral stands on top of a former Constantinian Palace. After Constantine's last visit to Trier in A.D. 328/9, the palace was leveled in 330 and replaced by the largest Christian church in Antiquity, about four times as big as the present-day church and covering the area of the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady, the Cathedral Square, the adjoining garden, and the houses almost up to the market.

Today's Cathedral still contains a Roman central section with the original walls rising up to a height of 26 m. The huge fragment of a granite column next to the entrance to the Cathedral is another indication of the Roman origin of the building. After destructions in the 5th and 9th centuries, the remaining nucleus was enlarged by Romanesque additions - today, the Cathedral, with its three crypts, its cloister, Cathedral Treasury, and Holy Robe Chapel, displays architecture and artwork from more than 1650 years.

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Website: http://www.trierer-dom.de

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  • Written Apr 5, 2005
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