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Aula Palatina: photos, description (Aula Palatina)

Aula Palatina is a unique, well-preserved Basilica, a magnificent monument of Roman architecture. Since its construction in the year 310 Aula Palatina was the Palace of the first Christian Emperor Constantine and since then, almost rebuilt, in spite of numerous changes in ownership and purpose. In this fairly large building made of flat bricks, the only change is the interior. Devoid of any exterior decoration, Aula Palatina is striking in its grandeur and severe simplicity.

After the fall of the power of Rome, the Basilica of Constantine became the residence of the Frankish kings, at that time black-and-white marble floors and rich inlay was irreparably damaged. Since the 12th century Aula Palatina served as the residence of the archbishops of Trier, and the 17th century and became part of the electoral castle. In the period of the Napoleonic wars, the Basilica was used as a barracks. According to the decision of the king of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm IV to the mid-19th century Aula Palatina was converted into Evangelical Church of the Holy Savior.

The greatest damage during the existence of the Basilica of Constantine was inflicted during the Second world war. Got it in 1944, the projectile of the allied forces partially damaged structure. And even conduct extensive post-war restoration are unable to restore the building to its original appearance. Aula Palatina lost several towers on the roof and part of Church decoration.