Good Morning Everyone,
This was my first view of Trier.
We arrived via the Mosel River to see this magnificent gate, later to learn that it was the Porta Nigre (Black Gate).
The Porta Nigra was built in grey sandstone between 186 and 200 AD. The original gate consisted of two four-storied towers, projecting as near semicircles on the outer side. A narrow courtyard separated the two gate openings on either side. For unknown reasons, however, the construction of the gate remained unfinished. For example, the stones at the northern (outer) side of the gate were never abraded, and the protruding stones would have made it impossible to install movable gates. Nonetheless, the gate was used for several centuries until the end of the Roman era in Trier. It serves as an entrance to town.
In the Middle Ages, the gate had become darkened with age and the term 'Black Gate' became applied.
I have seen the Porta Nigre posted a few times but always from the inner-city aspect (which I will show as a w/s here ) but this outer, rugged aspect seems to hold more history, more romance and, for me, more interest.
I hope your weather is better than here, in England, where the wind and the heavy rain are most unpleasant. Regards, Bev :-)
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papagolf21 (109276) 2017-03-17 1:48
Bonjour, chère Bev,
Grâce à vous et à vos compositions, je m'instruis, je visite avec bonheur les différents pays et leurs particularités.
Merci pour cette image et pour la note d'accompagnement.
Nicou (151036) 2017-03-17 2:20
Les personnages tout en fond sonnet bien la taille et l'échelle quelle vue et ocmpo quelle iamge cet arche il est immense ce rendu sur la pierre ces tons splendide.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (64543) 2017-03-17 2:25
Nice capture of the old rocky gates. I like the POV and the animated atmosphere.
Have a fine weekend.
ikeharel (78289) 2017-03-17 2:38
Chosen an excellent point to take a photo under this giant gate, Beverley.
On a rainy day and from a distant point I saw it whole black. Fine view through, scaled by those guys stood under one of its arches.
Have a nice Friday,
snunney (106501) 2017-03-17 2:40
I like the point of view and the presence of the people who give the image scale. Very good rendering of the colours and textures in the stonework that can no longer really be described as black.
Dry and bright here today, supposed to reach 18 degrees this afternoon. Somewhat cooler tomorrow and the next few days. But, I think we can say spring has finally arrived.
PaulVDV (32637) 2017-03-17 4:58
I think that for many visitors of Trier the Porta Nigra is their first view and often remains their strongest memory.
The vertical format gives us a good impression of the height of the gate.
Beautiful view of the passageway under the arches.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (159991) 2017-03-17 5:03
You created a wonderful picture with the arches out of the Middle Ages.
You did very well addition the children this for thr scale.
Everything through people hand made without machinery
An excellent composition and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (88277) 2017-03-17 5:57
On se croirait presque à Rome dans cette photo.J'ignorais qu'il y avait d'aussi belles structures en Allemagne. J'aime le cadrage vertical qui donne une belle ampleur à la porte.
jusninasirun (17527) 2017-03-17 6:38
Those kids playing under these arches with light from the other side makes this shot. You have metered the exposure well under difficult situation. Details of the facade is well seen and appreciated. Good job and thanks for sharing,
holmertz (59118) 2017-03-17 8:16
You dug deep into your archive to find this but it was worth taking it out. We get a good view of the construction of the ancient gate and you were lucky to have a few persons standing in, or near, the light streaming through the vault on the other side. It's interesting to see the WS. It's easy to understand why most people choose to show that side, but I am really more attracted by this view, or rather the close-up you selected.
Energysavingelk (2820) 2017-03-17 11:13
I never saw Porta Nigra depicted in detail instead of totality as you show us here. Excellent light management, including the lively boy gang.
I can't report on Trier weather though I'm living only 100 kms from there as the crow flies. Pleasant 20°C yesterday, but seems we're facing an ugly weekend.
Regards from Rhineland
Silvio1953 (152947) 2017-03-17 11:38
Ciao cara Bev, great view of fantastic old gate, womnderful colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (106364) 2017-03-17 13:03
Interesting fragment of old architecture.
Beautiful stone building.
Good POV and composition, nice colors and light.
I like it.
Have a nice weekend.
carlo62 (54958) 2017-03-17 15:47
durante il periodo natalizio stavo guardando foto e documentari su questa città che mi piacerebbe visitare.
Incredibile architettura, la foto del ws ce la mostra in tutta la sua grandezza, ma in questa foto si può vedere come le persone sembrano minuscole rispetto alle pietre dell'arco.
abmdsudi (57680) 2017-03-17 20:35
Well spotted, this photo opportunity, that's a very photogenic solid ancient Roman gate in my eye and I know exactly how you feel with this superlative structures. So much to admire and its history backed up with an excellent details to illustrate this architectural splendour. Love your positioning and viewpoint, colours are great with the tiny people makes it even more interesting - how small we are. You caught to perfection and your description explains it all...
One look that speaks volumes! Superb lens work, my compliments.
pajaran (65746) 2017-03-17 22:19
Lep pogled, interesantan tekst ...
Dobar rad sa fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posetiocima.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Nice view, interesting text ...
Good work with the photography workshop, a beautiful old architecture shown details on the facade, a good contrast and sharpness, nicely captured the moment with visitors.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
alvaraalto (20328) 2017-03-18 6:27
Interesting to see the difference between the elegance of the architecture of the piers in Great Britten of your previous posts and the robust and colossal architecture of the dark middle ages in Trier. The play of the children accentuate this beautifully
Have a good weekend
batalay (40385) 2017-03-18 9:58
The scale of Roman architecture never ceases to astonish. The massive stones, the arches, the thick walls, I thought initially they were part of some structure in Rome. It's interesting that the Greeks were good scientists and mathematicians, and the Romans were great builders... but harbored only distain for their forebears' as effete intellectuals.
adramad (49512) 2017-03-18 10:21
Sensational this detail of the arches of the formidable Porta Nigra, an impressive monument, in this fantastic POV we can see clearly its huge arches of entrance, the boys next to them, us well to give an idea of the proportions, the great ashlars Of stone give a good graphics to the image.
Good perspective of the image, very pleasing to the eye.
Colorful, sharpness and brightness are captured excellently.
Very good composition, magnificent presentation.
Have a good weekend.
delpeoples (59774) 2017-03-19 21:09
Ciao dear Bev
When I first opened your photo without reading the note, I thought, "how strange, a Roman photo in Germany". Then I read your very informative note. Those Latins were everywhere. As my grandmother used to say to my Dad ;) Excellent tight cropping, super light control and flawless sharpness.
Excellent work, hugs
emka (106722) 2017-03-21 0:17
This picture reminds me that I was in trier with the organized trip in 1980. And after the trip I realized that I saw only one side ot this famous gate. why I didn't go around to see the other side? It was the situation I do not like and I have remembered it for years. So when many years later I was in Trier again, I made some circles around
Impressive big stones. Nice inclusion of the kids.
Kind regrads MAlgo
gervaso (16681) 2017-03-21 4:41
The architectural details were captured beautifully here, with excellent texture and sharpness! The perspective is also great to show the beautiful entrance to this place that looks really imposing! Wonderful composition! Very nice job!
macjake (72539) 2017-03-21 16:29
I know the WS shows the more Common view, but for me, who hasn't really seen this before, it helps.
and I know its very cliche, but its great to have the people there for scale - and what an impact it does have indeed.
this has to be one of the thickest set of walls i've ever seen! these are incredible! and even the height of them too.
quite remarkable. this is a powerful subject and image. love it. cheers
claudeD (41574) 2017-03-24 2:38
I see that you were in my region Trier is only 35 km from Luxembourg). Porta Nigra is an impressive architecture which you have presented here in a very good shot. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (43375)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: 30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2017-03-17 1:42