The Cathedral in Trier is the oldest church in Germany.

The history, and Cathedral itself, is impressive. It started as a Roman palace built by Constantine. In 330 the palace was leveled and replaced by a Christian church. It was the largest in Antiquity. According to the city’s web site, it was “four times as big as the present-day church and covering the area of the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady, the Cathedral Square, the adjoining garden, and the houses almost up to the market.”

That version of the church was destroyed in the in the 5th and 9th centuries. And rebuilt. Another part was torn down around 1200 and rebuilt as today’s Church of Our Lady.

The gothic Church of Our Lady has fantastic stained-glass windows, and you can see an excavation of the Roman ruins (thru a glass window in the floor). The Cathedral Dom has some great plasterwork and an interesting black and white pattern on the organ. And a nice garden.

Also notable: The Cathedral is home to the seamless robe of Christ. Legend says it was worn by Christ shortly before his crucifixion. There was no mention of it before the 12th century and even the church admits it can’t be authenticated. Oh, and you can’t look at it. Even during Holy Robe Days, it remains sealed up in a box (but you can enter the robe’s chapel).

I’m skeptical. Not so much because you can’t see it or that the church isn’t saying it’s the real deal—more because of the whole “seamless” thing. I’ve had a shirt without a seam before. It was called a tube top. Maybe that’s why they keep it locked in a box.

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From Trier's Cathedral Dom. Shot May 26, 2012 in Trier, Germany

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From Trier's Church of Our Lady. Shopt May 26, 2012 in Trier, Germany

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