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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
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Igeler Säule
    Photo: Nicole Zimmer
  • / Igeler Säule 2
    Photo: Nicole Zimmer
  • / Igel 3
    Photo: Nicole Zimmer

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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Routes through this place

Type
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
217.4 km
65:29 h
5399 m
5469 m
8.1 km
2:30 h
181 m
182 m
48 km
12:47 h
1172 m
1415 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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  • 5 Routes nearby
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel

Wanderweg Igel 2 Liersberg - Herresthal

July 31, 2014
moderate open
8.3 km
2:15 h
165 m
162 m
by Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel

Wanderweg Igel 4 - um den Heidenberg

July 31, 2014
easy open
7.8 km
2:00 h
67 m
65 m
by Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Moseltal

Moselhöhenweg (Eifelseite) (M) – Gesamtverlauf

July 19, 2017
difficult
217.4 km
65:29 h
5399 m
5469 m
by Hans-Eberhard Peters,   Eifelverein e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Igel

Wanderweg Igel 1 - Liersberg

July 31, 2014
moderate open
8.1 km
2:30 h
181 m
182 m
1
by Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Rhineland-Palatinate

Eifelsteig und Moselsteig - Auf den Spuren der Römer

March 13, 2018
difficult open
48 km
12:47 h
1172 m
1415 m
by Mareike Brinkmann,   Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information / Ferienregion Trier-Land
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