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The Porta Nigra is a huge blackened Roman gate on the northern edge of the old city. Its name means "black gate", and it comes not from Roman Latin, but from the Middle Ages, when its grey sandstone had taken the distinctly black shade it has today. The gate is the only one remaining of a system of four, and was saved from destruction twice, for the different reasons but the same cause.
While the other gates were being torn apart by locals looking for building material in the Middle Ages, Porta Nigra was converted into a church after it had been the resident of a sanctified hermit for the last years of his life. St Simeon gained the town a church next door to the Porta, Simeonstift, but the gate itself was transformed. It was saved again later, when Napoleon order the church to be destroyed, only to spare it by having it converted by to its original Roman form.
Today the gate looms large over the main street to the market place from the north, and it's upper floors can be visited for excellent views of the town and nearby countryside.
Directions: Walk north of the market place along Simeonstrasse, and its at the end of the street. Alternatively, walk straight out of the train station and keep walking up Theodor Heuss Allee until you see it on your left.
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