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German Exchange – Day 5

April 23, 2012

We’ve been so busy it’s been hard to find time to blog but here is the report about Trier from Richard and David.

On Friday we went with the Latin class to Trier which is about 2 hours by coach from Hennef.  During our tour we found out that Trier is the oldest town in Germany and that it was founded by the by the Romans under Emperor Augustus in 17 BC.  Our tour guide took us up to the top of the Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate, where we had a good view of the city.  

We then went on to see the Cathedral of St. Peter which is the oldest cathedral in the country. The Latin class had to translate the inscription ‘Vigilate et orate’ which means wake and pray. After that we went inside the Roman Imperial Throne Room which is the largest single-room structure to survive from Roman times. It has been used as the first and oldest Protestant church in Catholic Trier since the middle of the 19th century and has a huge organ set into one of the large windows. We then walked passed the Electoral Palace to get to the Roman Baths. As we walked underground we found out about how the baths were an important part of Roman life.

After our guided tour we had some free time in the city. We went with our German partners to get lunch and went into some shops.  

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