The Roman bridge at Trier!

Well here is a perfect example of what I am talking about; so much to see and so slow to write! I have been to Trier several times over the years and written many posts on the city but amazing left this unique architectural and historical gem hidden! Of course, Trier is the oldest city in Germany!

And they do have a Roman bridge! Let me tell you a bit more on it.

There is a stone Roman bridge built in 45 AD replacing an older wooden one and still the oldest bridge in Germany still working.  The Roman bridge also, call the Moselle bridge because it goes over the Moselle river in Trier is the oldest bridge in Germany as well. The oldest stilts dates from the 2C AC.

Trier

The existence of a first wooden Roman bridge over the Moselle is attested from 17 BC. It was a bridge on stilts. The first masonry bridge was built in 45 AC, a little downstream from the current location of the bridge. The upper end of the piles founding the piers is still visible at low water. The piers of the current stone bridge were laid between 144 and 152 AC. The new Roman bridge is the third erected at this location since the city’s foundation.

The piles, made of basalt blocks and blue stone, could be founded on the bottom of the river thanks to a cofferdam made of caulked sheet piles. The stacks have upstream spouts to better divide the water streams during floods and the ice during breakups. In Roman times, these massive piers supported only a simple frame in reinforced frame with tie rods, each span functioning in a way like a crutch bridge. This bridge could properly take the weight of a pavement 10 meters wide. Since, in normal times, this causeway overlooked the Moselle river by some 14 meters, it was not necessary to fold up the masts of downstream boats. Upstream of the bridge, the boats had to be restrained by hauling cables because of the strength of the current.

The bridge was mined in 1689 by the French army, but the vaults were rebuilt in 1716-1718. It was on this occasion that a crucifix and a statue of Saint Nicholas were erected on the fifth pile from the west. The western gate of the bridge was dismantled in 1806, then the eastern gate in 1869. The bridge was widened in 1931 and now includes a cantilevered pedestrian crossing. It was by this bridge, which remained intact, that on the morning of March 2, 1945 the Americans were able to reach the western districts of Trier. For some unspecified reason, the Nazis had given up blowing up this bridge.

Here is the tourist office of Trier on the Roman bridge in English: Tourist office of Trier on the Roman bridge

A nice ending indeed and so well that we enjoy it today , an architecturally and historical Roman bridge gem right in the same oldest city of Germany, Trier! Hope you have enjoy the story.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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5 Responses to “The Roman bridge at Trier!”

  1. I once lived in Trier for several months (a long time ago) and knew a couple of the French soldiers who were stationed in a caserne just above the city. I took part in the city’s training course for tour guides, but then moved away before I could actually lead any tours.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by.

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