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Trier: The Unesco World Heritage Site Porta Nigra (about 180 A.D.) © Bjoern Rudek

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Exploring the city´s cultural life

Trier's rich culture is evident both in its historic monuments and in its many museums. Take some time to get to know the city and discover its many facets. You'll be inspired.

The Porta Nigra (Black Portal), built about 180 A.D. under Roman rule, is the emblem of the city. The Cathedral, whose core dates from the 4th century, incorporates all architectural styles from Roman to Baroque. Immediately adjacent is the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in early Gothic style.
A short distance away, the Kurfürstliche Palais (Electoral Palace) is one of the treasures of Rococo. Strolling through the Palastgarten (Palace Gardens), a visitor comes to the Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths), a bathing palace of the first half of the 4th century, which even then ranked as one of the largest thermal spas in the Roman Empire. About 10 minutes to the north is the Amphitheater, a Roman arena for fights of gladiators and animals, built around 100 A.D.

The Rheinische Landesmuseum (Archaeological Museum) briefs visitors on the way of life of the Treveri, a Celtic-Germanic tribe who lived here in the 4th century BC, their Romanization and later conversion to Christianity. Assembled in the Museum am Dom (Cathedral Museum) are ecclesiastical art treasures from many centuries.

The heart of the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift (Municipal Museum Simeonstift) is formed by donations of Trier collectors. Coptic textile art of late antiquity, Rhenish and Dutch painting, medieval sculpture from Trier and environs, furnishings and paintings of the 18th century together with models documenting the city´s development through the ages form the nucleus of the collections.

Among the most precious treasures of the Stadtbibliothek (City Library) is the Evangelium of Ada, presumably created at the court school of Charlemagne around 800. This and other manuscripts from the 8th century, as well as prints dating prior to 1500, can be viewed in the library's Schatzkammer (Treasure Chamber). The Karl Marx Museum at Brückenstrasse 10, in which the founder of modern socialism was born on May 5, 1818, is today a museum providing an overview on the life and work of Marx, as well as insights into early socialist writings in the "Adam Collection".

Also deserving special attention are the Domschatzkammer (Cathedral Treasure Chamber), the Archaeological Collection and the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) - with more than 5000 objects, a paradise for children.

Presented in the Tuchfabrik (Cloth Factory) cultural and communication center are regular exhibitions, concerts and theater performances.
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Rheinische Landesmuseum (Archaeological Museum)
Museum am Dom (Cathedral Museum)
Stadtmuseum Simeonstift (Municipal Museum Simeonstift)
Stadtbibliothek (City Library)
Karl Marx Museum
Domschatzkammer (Cathedral Treasure Chamber)
Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum)
Tuchfabrik (Cloth Factory)

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