Trier Cathedral, Trier

West Facade at Sunset
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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.

Go Historic ID
318471
Short URL
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Names
Trier Cathedral
Address
Domfreihof
Trier, Germany
54290
Location
Trier, Germany
Postcode
54290
Coordinates
49.756221° N, 6.643821° E
Phone
0651/9790790
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

326

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.

1035

The surviving part of the 4th-century Trier Cathedral is renovated and expanded in the Romanesque style.

1512

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.

1513

A wooden balcony is built on the west front of Trier Cathedral for displaying the Holy Robe and other relics discovered the previous year.

1933
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.

1959

The Holy Robe relic is sealed in a shrine in its own chapel in Trier Cathedral, where it remains today.

January 2, 2008
December 27, 2005

Resources

  1. Official Website of Trier Cathedral Official website.