Konstantinbasilika, Trier

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Architectural Building Religious Site
A large, Protestant cathedral, Konstantinbasilika has been preserved from the era of Constantine the Great. Aula Palatina, or the Basilica of Constantine, was built by Emperor Constantine in 310 CE. Its large hall features an impressive high, unsupported ceiling that gives the place a sense of spaciousness and emptiness. It was restored in the 19th century and became a Protestant church but was damaged heavily during World War II. The historical decorations were not reconstructed; nevertheless, some exhibits and remnants of statues remain inside. Put Konstantinbasilika and other Trier attractions into our Trier itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The building is very large brick red, enormous, but the interior is completely empty. The truth is that I expected something more.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Impressive. (Honeycomb) wooden ceiling. Longer range without intermediate column. Impressive volumes.
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  • August 8, 2017
    You must simply appreciate this building just because of the simplicity. The squares on the wooden ceiling is 3 to 3 meters tall. Madness!
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  • It was long and it had a high ceiling, but I did not notice one other important architectural detail until I read it online. The architects wanted to impress the emperor through the sheer size of the basilica so they added an optical illusion into the building - the windows and niches in the apse became progressively smaller towards the middle so that the illusion of length was further enhanced. Engineering was not sacrificed for the sake of aesthetics though and Aula Palatina remained the largest single room standing structure from Roman Era.
  • Its not so nice of a church. Until you understand its age and history. Then the size of it really hits you, to be build so long ago and still be standing in great condition.
  • If you visit, you have to visit this basilica. Beautiful setting, garden and statues. Impressive, and not too far from the shopping center.
  • Impressive church build by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. The place is worth visit. Interesting history of it
  • Very beautiful and very surprising. Loved it!

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Where to stay in Trier

Trier offers a small selection of places to stay within the city. A youth hostel and a camper parking equipped with showers and toilet but no power caters to the budget travelers visiting the city. For more comfort, look for hotels in the Olewig area or Porta Nigra. Several four-star hotels provide even more luxury at relatively affortable price.
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