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Igel Column, Igel near Trier (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

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  • UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Igeler Säule
    / UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Igeler Säule
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  • / Igeler Säule
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  • / Igeler Säule 2
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Igeler Säule. The column was built in the first half of the 3rd century AD by a wealthy cloth merchant family. In November 1986, the 23 m high column was declared a World Cultural Heritage.

It is a wonder that it has been preserved in the same location for about 1,800 years: the Igel Column tells stories from the life of a rich family of cloth merchants from Trier and is now designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The column burial monument rises 23 metres into the air, standing on an old Roman road and probably marked the family’s tomb garden. The monument has been dated to about 220 AD and was once brightly painted.
On the side facing the road, you can see a farewell scene: a boy reaches his hand out to his father. Other relief images depict everyday scenes of commercial life: cloth being examined, monetary transactions taking place, bales being tied together and goods being transported by land and water. The Secundinier family obviously traded far and wide and it has been proven that the cloth from the region was exported as far as Rome. The cloth goods were not traded as luxury goods there but rather were appreciated as warm, rainproof outerwear. No wonder the Secundiniers became so prosperous.
If you travel on in the direction of Luxembourg, you can also see a burial temple nearby.

A station on the Roman roads.

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Open May 29, 2017 through Dec 31, 2022 from 00:00–23:45.
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Coordinates

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49.709718, 6.549611
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49°42'35.0"N 6°32'58.6"E
UTM
32U 323341 5509238
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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
8.3 km
2:15 h
165 m
162 m
7.8 km
2:00 h
67 m
65 m
217.6 km
65:30 h
5399 m
5468 m
8.1 km
2:30 h
181 m
182 m
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Igel Column, Igel near Trier (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Trierer Straße 41
54298 Igel
Phone (0049)6501 602 666

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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel
Wanderweg Igel 2 Liersberg - Herresthal
moderate open
8.3 km
2:15 h
165 m
162 m
Entdecken Sie ausgehend von Igel Liersberg den Trierer Orteil Herresthal. Streckenlänge: 8,3 km Dauer: 2 Stunden 15 Minuten Schwierigkeitsg ...
1
from Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel
Wanderweg Igel 4 - um den Heidenberg
easy open
7.8 km
2:00 h
67 m
65 m
Dieser Weg führt Sie durch die Dörfer Igel und Zewen. Zwischen Igel und Zewen gehen Sie kurz durch einen Wald anschliessend an der Mosel entlang.
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from Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Moseltal
Moselhöhenweg (Eifelseite) (M) – Gesamtverlauf
difficult
217.6 km
65:30 h
5399 m
5468 m
Der Moselhöhenweg (Eifelseite) verläuft durch die Weinberge und über die Höhen des Moseltals, einer geschichtsträchtigen Landschaft, mit vielen ...
from Hans-Eberhard Peters,   Eifelverein e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel
Wanderweg Igel 1 - Liersberg
moderate open
8.1 km
2:30 h
181 m
182 m
Erwandern Sie den Igel Liersberg, ausgehend von dem UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Igeler Säule! Tourlänge: 8,1 km Dauer: 2 Stunden 30 Minuten ...
2
from Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
easy
17.8 km
1:15 h
23 m
25 m
Eine Radtour speziell für Kids. Entlang der Mosel und Sauer, radeln Sie flach auf einem separaten Radweg. Highlight ist die Überfahrt mit der Fähre ...
from Sonja Maximini,   Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Rhineland-Palatinate
Eifelsteig und Moselsteig - Auf den Spuren der Römer
difficult open
48 km
12:47 h
1172 m
1415 m
Die perfekte Kombination: Eifelsteig und Moselsteig Ein Wechselspiel zweier touristischer Regionen erleben - und mittendrin die Moselmetropole ...
from Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
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