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Porta Nigra, Trier


Carole Raddato
published on 15 January 2021
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The Porta Nigra in Trier (Germany) is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps. Constructed in grey sandstone around 170 CE, it guarded the northern entry to the Roman town of Augusta Treverorum. While the other three city gates were destroyed in medieval times, this "black gate" survived because it was converted into a church complex to honour St. Simeon, a pious Greek recluse who lived inside the gate for six years.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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