Trier, Germany: Trier Saint Peters Cathedral…..the Holy Robe & Shrine of St. Mathias
About the Trier Cathedral:
It has the distinction of being the oldest church in Germany, dating from about 320-330 A.D. There is not a great deal of historical documentation but it is believed that Saint Helena gave a portion of land here to build a church.
It offers two very special attractions: the Holy Robe and the Shrine of Saint Matthias. There is not a great deal in writing to verify this, it mostly stems from tradition although there is no reason to doubt it.
The Holy Robe is said to be the robe that Christ wore on His way to the Crucifixion. We know from John’s Gospel that soldiers cast lots for the robe but nothing is said as to what happened thereafter. According to tradition, Saint Helena discovered the robe in the Holy Land around 327 A.D. and brought it back to Germany.
The Holy Robe is kept protected and concealed to preserve it is only on display in the Cathedral on rare occasions. The last public showing of the Robe was April 13-May 13, 2012.
The Cathedral also is the setting for the Shrine of Saint Matthias.
Licensed guides are available for both groups and individuals–contact the Cathedral in advance if possible.
Trier is located in far Western Germany near the Luxembourg border. There is train service to Trier from many cities, including Luxembourg (about 1 hour) and Frankfurt (quite a bit longer). The main station is a short walk from the Cathedral. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
Address: Liebfrauenstrsse 12, 54290 Trier
GPS coordinates: 49° 45′ 18.6120” N, 6° 38′ 34.1340” E
Tel: +49 651 9790790
email: use the contact form on their website
Click here for the official website of the Trier Cathedral
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