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Fortified late Roman palace, Trier-Pfalzel

  • Trier-Pfalzel

A village on the Mosel with a beautiful historic centre, where the walls of a Roman fortified palace can still be discovered. Fancy searching for traces?

The name of the place gives it away: an ancient imperial palace probably once stood here, a massive blocklike structure with an inner courtyard and high-quality decoration. But a ground floor without windows? And why was there only one gate and two smaller sally ports? At the time of construction, the situation was uncertain, and around AD 350 the Franks invaded. Did the imperial family perhaps seek refuge here? By the entrance to the palace there were barracks for a military unit, perhaps for the bodyguard?
When the imperial court was moved, the fortified palace was also abandoned, and during the Migration Period it was damaged. But you don't just pull down such massive walls, you continue to use them, just as the noble lady Adula did. Around AD 700, she built a convent, including a collegiate church and palace school, in the ruins and thus preserved them for posterity. This is why you will find the remains of the old palace in the parish church and in various buildings in the historic centre of the village on the Mosel. Just stroll through the old alleyways!

A station on the Roads of the Romans.

On the map

Am Kirchplatz

54293 Trier-Pfalzel


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