Basilica of Constantine (Aula Palatina), Trier

Originally built in the 4th century, the Aula Palatina has been remade several times according to the aesthetics of each age that transformed it.

Basilica of Constantine (Aula Palatina), c. 310 C.E., Trier, Germany. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Additional resources

Alfred Frazer, “The Imperial Realm: Architecture,” Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, edited by Kurt Weitzmann (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979), pp. 109–23.

Richard Krautheimer, “The Constantinian Basilica,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers, volume 21 (1967), pp. 115–40.

Noel Lenski, “Building Churches,” Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), pp. 179–96.

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Cite this page as: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Basilica of Constantine (Aula Palatina), Trier," in Smarthistory, August 16, 2023, accessed February 26, 2024,