Trier (or Trier in German) is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. It was the residence of the Roman emperors for almost two centuries (in the 3rd and 4th centuries). Its exceptional historical heritage in Europe is the reason for its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I am going to present to you in photo 3 monuments in particular:
- The Porta Nigra
- St. Peter’s Cathedral in Trier
- Church of Our Lady of Trier
Last step of my “UNESCO season 2 in Germany” tour, I particularly appreciated the “European city” side of Trier, a city with Roman roots that sometimes belonged to France and sometimes to Germany.
Photograph Trier (Sort)
This monumental gate dating from the Roman Empire is the symbol of the city. A church was built there in the Middle Ages but Napoleon had it destroyed in order to recover the original appearance of the gate.
The Porta Nigra is not easy to take a picture of its emblematic facade, as it is exposed to the northeast.
St. Peter’s Cathedral of Trier (Trier)
Trier Cathedral was built between 1235 and 1270, making it the oldest cathedral in Germany! It houses the Holy Tunic, a Christian relic (Jesus’ garment). The cloister of the cathedral is also beautiful to take a picture of.
Church of Our Lady of Trier (Trier)
This church was built between 1235 and 1270, as was the Trier Cathedral next to it. It is one of the first Gothic churches in Germany. Its interior with its stained glass windows is magnificent… And even more so when the stained glass windows are bathed in light.
Best times to take pictures
- Porta Nigra: in the morning or in the evening with lighting.
- The cloister of the cathedral: in the morning for better exposure.
- Trier is nice to take pictures at night because the buildings are lit.
Photo material to be taken
- Objectives: Very wide angle indispensable!
- Useful tripod for night photos
Spots to be photographed
- North face of Porta Nigra
- Cloister of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Trier
- Interior of the Church of Our Lady of Trier with its stained glass windows