Originally built by Emperor Constantine in 326, Trier Cathedral is the oldest church in Germany. The handsome Romanesque building houses plenty of historic art, an excellent treasury, and an important relic that still receives many pilgrims: the Holy Robe of Christ.
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- Trier Cathedral
- Trier, Germany
- 49.756221° N, 6.643821° E
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- October 8, 2013
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- April 11, 2015
Constantine the Great begins construction on Trier Cathedral on the site of his mother Helena's imperial palace. Four times larger than the present cathedral, it occupies the site of the present cathedral, the Leibfrauenkirche, Cathedral Square, the adjoining garden, and houses almost up to the Markt.
The surviving part of the 4th-century Trier Cathedral is renovated and expanded in the Romanesque style.
The Holy Robe of Christ, along with other important relics said to have been brought by St. Helena from the Holy Land, is discovered in the high altar of Trier Cathedral. The Robe is put on public display for 23 days, during which more than 100,000 pilgrims come to venerate it.
A wooden balcony is built on the west front of Trier Cathedral for displaying the Holy Robe and other relics discovered the previous year.
Exposition of the Holy Robe
The last public display of the Holy Robe relic, lasting for three weeks, draws 2 million pilgrims to Trier Cathedral.
The Holy Robe relic is sealed in a shrine in its own chapel in Trier Cathedral, where it remains today.
- Official Website of Trier Cathedral Official website.