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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), Trier

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The castle-like architecture mixes many different styles. Note the vaulted interior and ceiling, as well as the intricate stucco ceiling in the western end. Stop by the tombs of the Archbishops of Trier buried on the grounds. Don't miss the skull of St. Helena, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, in the crypt. The cloister courtyard offers striking views of the tower, covered halls, and inner garden. Check the website for times of services. You can attend Roman Catholic mass or vespers, but tourists cannot explore the cathedral during a service. Before you head to Trier, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Trier day trip planning website, to make sure you see all that Trier has to offer, including St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom).
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  • Really really nice place. Enjoyed the view and the walk. A must see when in Trier. Easily accessible from the city centre. 
    Really really nice place. Enjoyed the view and the walk. A must see when in Trier. Easily accessible from the city centre.  more »
  • Worth the trip. Decorations are beyond belief. Free to enter. Working church so be respectful Historic Unesco site. 
    Worth the trip. Decorations are beyond belief. Free to enter. Working church so be respectful Historic Unesco site.  more »
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  • Deceiving from the outside, stunning from the inside! It doesn't look as impressive as other cathedrals from the outside (at least to me as I am more used to seeing Gothic style cathedrals, not Romanesque) due to its bare brick facade, however the real beauty is hidden inside. Right at the entrance, visitors can find a huge map with explanatory points on what is to see or grab a paper brochure for a symbolic price 0.5€ providing the same information. The cathedral inside is massive, spacious, airy and very light thanks to its stunning windows (I fell in love with these simple yet unique windows) with a modern twist that lets the sun beam directly hit the cathedral's rich decorations. There are a lot of things to explore. Apart from admiring the architecture of the cathedral itself, there is a beautiful stucco ceiling in the west choir along with rich wood inlay. The giant organs hanging from the ceiling in the main nave was a surprise to me and visiting the altar area displaying the Holy Robe remains was just the icing on the cake. From there the whole beauty of the cathedral can be seen. It truly is a stunning piece of Romanesque architecture and its grandiose size does not cease to amaze me. A gift shop is located right behind the altar and that is also the place from where visitors can enter the cathedrals treasury - a single room full of relics and objects - one of the richest in Germany. The entrance fee is 1.5€ and I think it's worth it. Another place that is not to be missed is the cloister - a beautiful green oasis between the cathedral and church that is accessible to the public and visitors can freely walk around. The cloister can be entered directly from the cathedral. Restaurants and cafes are in the close proximity of the cathedral and from surrounding areas visitors are rewarded with the best views. Visited in July 2022.
  • Wow, that's one heck of a cathedral. It's the opposite of Cologne cathedral, that I'm more used to. Light and airy, the marble ceiling subtended by wooden carved panels comes out of nowhere. Can't recommend this enough in the sun. Make sure you take a walk into the courtyard, and the Basilica next door for the remarkably intense stained glass windows.

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