Trier, Germany ~ Two Churches Being Connected Was Most Unusual

August 4th ~ Trier, Germany

Along the Moselle River

Along the Moselle River

The ship had overnighted in Trier, so first thing this morning we headed out for a walking tour of the town. Once again the skies had opened up and we had a wet greeting, but umbrella in hand, we were not to be deterred this time. 

Originally settled by the Celts in the 4th century BC, then the Romans late in the 1st century BC, making Trier probably the oldest city in Germany. Becoming the favored residence of several Roman emperors, she earned the nickname “Second Rome”.

“Nowhere else in Germany is the evidence of Roman times as vivid as it is in Trier” ~ GoGermany.about.com

Trier is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites which are lumped together as Roman ruins. The cornerstone being the Black Gate (Porta Nigra), which is where our walking tour started. This is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps.

Black Gate

Black Gate

Not surprising, it is named because of the dark coloring of the massive stones. The structure is over 1700 years old and the only one of the four originals still standing.

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Palace of Trier

Palace of Trier aka Kurfurstliches Palais

Another part of the UNESCO site includes the Basilica of Constantine, also called Aula Palatinabuilt by the Emperor Constantine back in the 4th century. Today it is used as the Church of the Redeemer. The Aula Palatina was built around AD 310 as a part of the palace complex.

The Basilica of Constantine

The Basilica of Constantine

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More recent history includes being heavily bombed during WWII where much of the city was damaged or destroyed. Over 60,000 British prisoners of war (captured in Northern France and Dunkirk) passed through Trier en route to German prisoner-of-war camps.

Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier – both UNESCO sites

One of the more bizarre experiences on this trip, was to enter one church and exit from a different church.

Two churches side by side and connected by a small passageway

Two churches side by side St. Peter’s Cathedral (left) and Church of our Lady (right)

First we entered St. Peter’s Cathedral (Trier Dom). Heavily damaged during the war, the Cathedral of Trier was reopened in 1974 and in 1984, they celebrated their 2,000th anniversary.

Loved seeing the organ pipes!

Loved seeing the organ pipes!

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Then walking through the passageway, we entered Church of our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche).

This is the little passageway that connects them

This is the little passageway that connects them

The Church of our Lady is shaped almost round which is unusual.

“…whose cross-shaped vaulting with four corresponding portals in rounded niches is completed by eight rounded altar niches so that the floor plan resembles a twelve-petaled rose, a symbol of the Virgin Mary, the rosa mystica, and reminiscent of the twelve tribes of Israel and the Twelve Apostles.” ~ Wikipedia

Church of our Lady

Church of our Lady

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And then finally exiting through this gorgeously detailed door:

Door of Church of our Lady

Door of Church of our Lady

Spotted this in a shop window, but have no idea what it is or how it is used. Any ideas???

Can anyone tell me what this is?

Can anyone tell me what this pillow device is?

Back on board for an afternoon of cruising. The weather was still unpleasant, but breaks allowed us to be up on deck periodically to get more familiar with sights along the Moselle River.

Cruising along the Moselle River

Cruising along the Moselle River

Took a quick peak inside the wheelhouse

Took a quick peak inside the wheelhouse

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In the middle of the afternoon we were treated to a delicious spread of tea sandwiches, cakes and chocolate delights including a chocolate fountain with a variety of fruits to dip.

And just in case we had not already found enough to eat…

Time for dinner!

Time for dinner!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for an abundance of chocolate. Bet I won’t get many who would disagree with that!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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26 Responses to Trier, Germany ~ Two Churches Being Connected Was Most Unusual

  1. paperpopups says:

    Wow, is that a photo of the boat you were on? How did you like it. We hesitate going that way as my Sister-in-law said it was terrible – too cramped. Would love to know your thoughts – please. Big hugs,
    Petrina

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    • Hi Petrina! The pictures of the upper sun deck, hallway and chocolate feast were all taken on the River Queen. Your sister-in-law is correct that the ships are much smaller than ocean going vessels, but we absolutely love cruising on the rivers of Europe. With Uniworld, once you unpack, you get pampered for the one to two weeks on board with attentive service and fabulous food. Each day your ship docks in a new city, normally only a couple minute walk into town. Daily guided tours are included if you want them (most everyone participates, but you are welcome to explore on your own if you prefer). In our opinion, they are a real treat and we look forward to taking another one next year!

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  2. Merrill says:

    You guys are so cute! I agree with you and love chocolate and those pastries look very tempting too. Trier looks interesting.

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  3. That thing in the window? It’s a foot pillow. No traveler should be without one. 🙂 Actually, it works really well in offices if you are tied to a computer for 8 hours a day.

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  4. I agree….if you can do a river cruise no matter which company you are spoilt from the moment you step aboard. Our cruise was amazing, rooms are serviced twice a day. So much food no excuse to be hungry. The day tours are everything and more. The rooms are small but have everything you need. Really…sleep and shower etc. As you spend most of the time up on the deck or lounge. I have recently just returned from a trip on the Rhine with my 2 sisters. We found our room perfect. So glad i found your blog. love reading travel blogs

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  5. Visited there last year and had a wonderful visit even if I didn’t have a foot pillow. 🙂

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  6. Looks like a very civilized way to travel, Joanne. How large are your rooms? –Curt

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  7. The boat looks fabulous. And the food! Swoon! Also you’ve once again gotten some beautiful church interior shots.
    Alison

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  8. That little pillow says “foot cushion”. Probably for “putting your feet up” without getting “cold feet”. I doubt that the Germans have either of these sayings though.

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  9. You are a wonderful blogger…
    Loved your blog…!!

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