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Column of Igel

The Column of Igel (German: Igeler Säule) is the tallest Roman burial column north of the Alps. It dates from around 250 AD. The Column of Igel was made of limestone and is 23 meter high. It is located 8 km upriver from Trier on the river Moselle. The Column of Igel was erected by two cloth merchants, the brothers Secundinius Aventinus and Secundinius Securus, to honor their deceased relatives. The column is decorated with figures in bas-relief, which show scenes from the Greek mythology and everyday life of the brothers. The square Column of Igel escaped destruction after the decline of the Roman Empire, because in early Christian times, one of the reliefs was considered to be a representation of the marriage of the parents of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, Constantius Chlorus I and Helena. Helena (c.250-c.330) was an important figure in the history of Christianity. The Column of Igel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Roman monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier. It gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986.

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Column of Igel - The Column of Igel dates from around 250 AD. The column was erected by two cloth merchants, the brothers Secundinius Aventinus and...

The Column of Igel dates from around 250 AD. The column was erected by two cloth merchants, the brothers Secundinius Aventinus and Secundinius Securus, to commemorate and honor their deceased relatives. The Column of Igel is decorated with figures in bas-relief, which show scenes from the Greek mythology and everyday life of the cloth merchants.

  1. Column of Igel - The Column of Igel dates from around 250 AD. The column was erected by two cloth merchants, the brothers Secundinius Aventinus and...

    The Column of Igel dates from around 250 AD. The column was erected by two cloth merchants, the brothers Secundinius Aventinus and Secundinius Securus, to commemorate and honor their deceased relatives. The Column of Igel is decorated with figures in bas-relief, which show scenes from the Greek mythology and everyday life of the cloth merchants.

  2. Column of Igel - The Column of Igel escaped destruction after the decline of the Roman Empire, because one of the reliefs was considered to be a representation of...

    The Column of Igel escaped destruction after the decline of the Roman Empire, because one of the reliefs was considered to be a representation of the marriage of the parents of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, Constantius Chlorus and Helena. Constantine the Great was the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire.

  3. Column of Igel - The Column of Igel is crowned by a sculpture of Jupiter and Ganymede. The Column of Igel was also used as a Roman military boundary...

    The Column of Igel is crowned by a sculpture of Jupiter and Ganymede. The Column of Igel was also used as a Roman military boundary marker and milestone. The Column of Igel is part of the World Heritage: The Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier. It became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986.

  4. Column of Igel - The Column of Igel is the tallest Roman burial column north of the Alps. The square column was made of limestone and is about 23 metres...

    The Column of Igel is the tallest Roman burial column north of the Alps. The square column was made of limestone and is about 23 metres high. The Column of Igel is the tallest Roman burial column north of the Alps. The Column of Igel is located eight km upriver from Trier on the river Moselle, it stands on the original site.