Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany Photos

Porta Nigra (170CE) is a four story Roman city gate & fortification built at the northern entrance to Trier, the most important Roman relic in Germany. Constructed of sandstone without mortar, the gate is notable for its massive towers and multi-level arcades. Put to different uses over time, Porta Nigra was restored to its original form by Napoleon in the early 19thC.

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Porta Nigra four story city gate & fortification from ancient Roman times. Trier, Germany.Porta Nigra massive towers. Trier, Germany.End walls & towers of Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Sandstone blocks of Porta Nigra fitted together without mortar. Trier, Germany.
Porta Nigra (170CE) four story city gate & fortification from ancient Roman times. Trier, Germany.Porta Nigra massive towers. Trier, Germany.End walls & towers of Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Sandstone blocks of Porta Nigra fitted together without mortar. Trier, Germany.
Top of Porta Nigra tower. Trier, Germany.Upper arcade of inner court wall, allowing invaders to be fired upon from above at Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Upper arcades & towers on inner side of Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Porta Nigra as seen from inside ancient Trier. Trier, Germany.
Top of Porta Nigra tower. Trier, Germany.Upper arcade of inner court wall, allowing invaders to be fired upon from above at Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Upper arcades & towers on inner side of Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Porta Nigra as seen from inside ancient Trier. Trier, Germany.
Romanesque arch openings in upper arcade used for defense on Porta Nigra interior. Trier, Germany.Red rose in bloom in gardens next to Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Model of Roman era Trier viewed with Porta Nigra at bottom in Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.
Romanesque arch openings in upper arcade used for defense on Porta Nigra interior. Trier, Germany.Red rose in bloom in gardens next to Porta Nigra. Trier, Germany.Model of Roman era Trier viewed with Porta Nigra at bottom in Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.

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