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Treasury of the City Research Library

Treasuries may not normally have anything to do with fishing. But the Trier Treasury is a big exception. For its extensive array of centuries-old manuscripts includes the only copy of a world-famous fish calendar. It lists 27 species of fish, and also provides information on which varieties can be caught and eaten during which season. As such, it not only helped the Cistercian monks at Himmerod Abbey ensure they always had enough salmon, pike and carp at the dinner table; it also continues to help the City Library present a very special highlight in hits modern, attractively lit premises.
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The Treasury also has a few other good catches, including a Gutenberg Bible, the gold cover of the Ada Gospel (decorated with precious stones and an ancient cameo), and of course the Codex Egberti, which has been on the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage list since 2004. And is it any wonder: Those who lose themselves in the charming, atmospherically poeticised scenes of the 56 illuminations interspersed in the text will literally be taking in the demure piety of the Middle Ages and the artistry of the Archbishop Egbert workshop from the 2nd half of the 10th century. And the fact that the ‘Codex Egberti’ is the oldest and most extensive sequence of images depicting the life of Jesus Christ in one book is just the icing on the cake.

By the way: Anyone wanting to also revel in magical three-dimensional gold and colour should be sure to check out the two mighty globes of Venetian theologian and cosmographer Vincenzo Coronelli, illustrating the earth and the firmament. The latter even shows Halley’s Comet, which only comes into the earth’s vision every 76 years. Thanks to Coronelli, we can now see it all the time. And thanks to the Treasury, we also have access to all the other precious items which would otherwise have disappeared into the locked warehouse.

A must for: Booklovers and mad writers. Calligraphers and illumination artists. Globetrotters, world chroniclers and miracle-discoverers.

Gold: 30%
Ideas: 80%
Globes: 20%

The Treasury team runs ever-changing workshops to teach even little bookworms about the wonderful world of books. And they can even lend a hand themselves: For example, how can you create artistic initials? What’s the difference between papyrus, parchment and paper? Library researchers will learn more at the writing workshop. Bookworm Eggi Egbert, on the other hand, will take them on a hunt through the Treasury.

Here is the virtual tour through the treasury of the city library

Opening hours

Tuesdays - Sundays: 10am - 5pm
October 03,2022: Exceptionally open from 10am - 5pm

Admission prices

Adults: € 5.00
Reduced *: € 3.00
Children (under 10 years): free
Student (in class): € 1.00
Families **: € 8.00

* Students, students, seniors from 65 years, children 10 - 18 years, people with disabilities
** 1-2 adults and children up to 18 years

Audioguide / App
In addition to audio guide tours in German, French, English and Dutch, an app for download is provided for a fee.
Use Audio Guide € 2.00
Download the guide app: € 2.00


Schatzkammer der Stadtbibliothek Trier
Weberbach 25
54290 Trier

Tel. +49 (0)651 718-1427

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