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The Romans as Master Builders and Craftsmen

Latin is still omnipresent even today – and nowhere else is this more apparent than in construction. From limestone (calcium carbonate) to mortar, from cement to tile and pillar to cellar, all these words originate from Latin, and this from the highly developed construction methods of the Romans. This tour follows in the footsteps of the Roman stonemasons and builders, architects and engineers. How were the Roman stones moved and processed? How did the Romans create their cities and streets? What were the ‘trous de loup’ used for, where did the Romans get their materials from, and how did Roman floor-heating work?
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Even if you’re not a tradesperson yourself, the tour provides enthralling insights into the construction industry at the time, and its parallels and differences compared to the modern age. Techniques like the opus caementitium, with its natural pozzolans, window-pane manufacturing or brick construction, water pipes, the opus signinum for screed manufacturing, and the sanding arts also demonstrate what was so important to the people that they invented something new for it. Be intoxicated by this spirit of invention!

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Meeting place:
Tourist Information Office at the Porta Nigra or by arrangement

180 minutes

 € 160.00 / in German: € 150.00, plus entry to the Imperial Baths and the Amphitheatre

Group size:
Max. 30 persons


Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Tourist-Information, Stadtführungsabteilung
An der Porta Nigra
54290 Trier
Tel. +49 (0)651 97808 -52, -21, -20



The Romans as Master Builders and Craftsmen
180 minutes

For a walking tour you need one guide for every 30 participants or one school class, for a bus tour in your own bus without visits inside monuments you need one guide per bus. More than one school group/class per guide cannot be accepted. The guide has the

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