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  • Chantal Hopewell

    Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany (oldest German city) 16BC

  • Angie Mosy

    Trier is a historic city in west central Germany, just six miles from the Luxembourg border and 120 miles SW of Frankfurt. Trier makes a manageable, and very worthwhile, day trip from Cologne or Frankfurt. Trier is Germany's oldest city. Legend has it that in 2000 BC the Assyrians established a colony here. The Roman colony of Augusta Treverorum (Trier) was founded by Augustus in 16 BC.

  • Dawn Johnson

    Trier, Germany: The oldest city in Germany. Pictured is the Porta Nigra, a 2nd-century Roman city gate.

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