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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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