Yes, I said Germany. Sitting in the lovely valley created by the Moselle River is Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Founded around 16 BC, Trier has had quite a history including the Roman kind!
At one time Trier was the capital of the Western Roman Empire and this included being the residence of the Western Roman Emperor and his son, Constantine the Great. During this time, Trier was known as the 2nd Rome and it was Constantine that developed the city including the beautiful Imperial Baths.
There is one of the four old Roman gates still standing in Trier, the Porta Nigra. Built in the 2nd century this city gate is the oldest defensive structure in Germany.
During Roman times, an amphitheater was a clear sign that your city was very important. The amphitheater in Trier was the site for gladiator fights and animal contests.
To commemorate their Roman history, Trier hosts Germany’s biggest Roman festival each year. The Brot und Spiele festival show cases history through actual depictions of gladiator fights at the amphitheater and exhibits of Roman civil and military life at the Imperial Baths. If you’re in Germany from August 31 through September 2 stop by Trier for some good ole Roman fun!
This is just a glimpse of the Roman history in Trier. This UNESCO designated city has so much more to see!