Old and Newer Trier

In one photograph I managed to capture more than 1300 years of history. Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany (16 BCE) lies on the Moselle River near Luxembourg, and is sometimes called “The Rome of the North.” Trier earned this title because it has multiple surviving Roman monuments, including Constantine’s basilica. Construction began on Constantine’s basilica, or the Aula Palantina around 310. Construction started on Trier’s Electoral Palace, or “Pink Palace” as it is sometimes called, around 1615. Somewhere someone thought that Constantine’s basilica would make a fine back wall to Trier’s Pink Palace. Only one original wall of Constantine’s basilica remains standing, the rest are re-creations built to replace those destroyed by an air raid during WWII.

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