Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (RLP - Germany)

Apart from Constantine Basilica (which is also a Roman Monument), 2 other churches are listed under UNESCO in Trier - Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady. Both are located just next to each other.Like my blog? Support me via Patreon! It costs less than a cuppa coffee!My first stop was the Church of Our Lady. This is the 'oldest' church in Trier and its been here since the Roman times, however the exact year of founding is unknown! Also the church has been modified renovated several times over the years that the original roman structure is now non-existent, over the ground. But the foundations of a huuuuuge church, belonging to the Roman era, from the times of Emperor Constantine (306-337 CE) have been excavated under the present church! It is so huge that it encompasses both these churches as well as some area around them as well, in its entirety including its cloister etc.The current architecture primarily belongs to 1227 CE. Quite unusually, the ground plan here is rose shaped and the dome is balanced by 12 pillars. The architecture style is French Gothic and the exterior sculptures (western portal) is a striking reminder of Notre Dame, Paris! Its filled completely with sculptures which are all copies. Some originals were lost during French Revolution, most were moved to various museums. The northern & eastern portal are quite interesting and hidden! Northern portal, with the 13th century relief sculpture of Coronation of Mary is in the passage that connects the 2 churches and the eastern portal, with floral & grapevine pattern opens to the cloister.The most fascinating thing about this church is the frescoes on the pillars! 12 pillars depict 12 apostles and 1 has Jesus Christ as the Man of Sorrows. These were originally painted in 15th C CE. These were commissioned by Adelheid von Besselich, widow of Mayor Clas von Zerf, shortly after his death. They are depicted at the foot of Apostle St.Jude.To begin with, I didn't know they were tiny images when compared to the half-life-sized images of the apostles. I asked one of the church volunteers about this painting and they had no clue and said that its 'definitely' not in this church!!! Well!!!!! I re-scanned all the frescoes again and found these tiny images, near the feet of St.Jude!Another thing that caught my eye was the 14th C wooden sculpture of Enthroned Madonna. Unfortunately old stained glass windows are all gone, thanks to World War II!My next stop was ofcourse, the Cathedral of St.Peter. Even before entering the Cathedral, the first thing to see is the broken pillar, lying in front of the cathedral (yeah, the one on which you'll see kids sliding)! This belongs to the original architecture of the church. It was one of the 4 columns, that supported the original Roman church. This column burst when the cathedral burnt for the first time! While that's the history, they myth is more interesting. Its said that when Emperor Constantine wanted to build the church, the architect asked the devil to bring the 4 columns, lying that he was building a tavern! When the devil delivered the last column, it realized that the building was actually a church. It got furious and threw it down, causing it to break! Today, its a historical slide for kids to play! Its believed to bring good luck to whoever slides on it, just like Mons Monkey!!!The interior sculptural detail of the church is mind blowing, to say the least! This is a High Baroque masterpiece. Every sculpture is so detailed and projects out of the wall! The church is ever evolving and the west end has new sculptures made by excellent artists who are chosen by conducting competitions. One of the sculpture of a nun, perhaps has the most realistic eyes I've ever seen in a sculpture!!! Its scary to an extent.This Cathedral has been in existence since 12th C CE and there are a few things in the Cathedral that still stands since then. You can spot the true Romanesque arches above the doors. The sculptural details atop the doorways are perfect examples of 12th C Rheinland masterpieces!The architecture of the cathedral is unusual again. There are 2 staircases on either sides which leads to the baptismal font in the centre, in the west, above the crypt, which was unfortunately inaccessible! Exactly opposite, is again 2 staircases that lead to the Holy Robe - the tunic of Jesus Christ. Like the Holy Blood of Jesus in Bruges, its a matter of belief. Carbon dating in either cases hasn't been possible and the definite proof of both of their existence is only since 12-13th C CE, an era around crusade wars when medieval forgery was rampant. Currently the Holy Robe is not present here and an art installation is in its place. Below the staircases, are life sized marble statues of Constantine and Emperor Helena.To Get There:Nearest railway station: Trier HBFAll the sites are walkable from Trier HBF.On Google Maps: Cathedral of St.Peter, Church of Our Lady To Stay:Hotels at all price points are available in Trier.Click here to read the review of the very unique hotel - Residenz am Zuckerberg Hotel.Entry tickets & timings: FreeMy complete Trier travelogue: Roman Monuments (Part 1 & Part 2), Cathedral of St.Peter, Church of Our Lady Trier, Karlmarx Museum, Gandhiji statue, Luxemberg Turum, Petrisberg, Spielzeug Museum, Marktbrunnen, Mosel wines.P.S: I was invited by Trier Tourism to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.{ "@context": "", "@type": "TouristAttraction", "name": "Cathedral of St.Peter", "alternateName":"Church of Our Lady Trier", "alternateName":"Liebfrauenkirche Trier", "address": { "@type": "PostalAddress", "addressLocality": "Trier", "addressCountry": "Germany" }, "touristType":"Cultural tourism", "image": "", "description": "UNESCO listed oldest city in Germany and the first ever Roman Town built outside of Italy in 17th C BCE" }

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