Trier is a beautiful city that lies over the border in Germany, about 45km from where I live. It has many historical associations as it was the most northern outpost of the Roman Empire when Constantine was Emperor. There are some wonderful roman remains, amongst them a magnificent triumphal arch, amphitheatre, remains of baths and other buildings. But there are also a number of ornately decorated baroque-style buildings and a huge cathedral. This is one of the buildings at the corner of the main square, where we stopped for coffee.
This is a detailed view of one of the carved figures on this building
This is the ornate entrance to St Gandolph’s church
This is the House of the 3 Kings, built in 1136 and recently completely restored
Detail of a column head – which could have come from the House of Serpents – in the doorway to the winegrowers union.
The back of the cathedral viewed from within the cloisters
Angel figures in the cloisters
The exterior of the fairy-tale pink and white roccoco palace
In the formal palace gardens we came across a magnolia tree with this weird-looking fruit – I think it may be diseased as it looked distinctly deformed to me or maybe bits of it ripen faster than others