This monumental building is the largest surviving pillarless room from the ancient world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You just have to see it!
Do you want to understand how tiny you felt when you stood in front of the Roman emperor? Then visit the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, the former throne room of Constantine the Great and centrepiece of the palace district. Imagine entering the room as a foreign envoy. The ceiling hovers 33 metres above you. Some 60 metres in front of you, the Emperor sits on his throne, raised up in a semi-circular apse. The interior is furnished with precious marble, ornate mosaics and statues and is, of course, pleasantly heated. The windows are glazed. The end came with the Barbarian Invasions. Partially destroyed by the Franks, the building was transformed into a castle in the Middle Ages, and later the walls were reused for the residence of the archbishops and electors of Trier. The large Electoral Palace is still closely associated with the basilica today. It was the Prussians who restored the building to its former monumental size in the 19th century and made it a Protestant place of worship – as a counterpart to the Catholic cathedral.