The Founding of Trier

Trebeta was the son of the legendary Assyrian king, Ninus (Nimrod), and a Chaldean queen. His stepmother later became Queen Semiramis. They set after her stepson, so that he fled to Europe with his followers. There he is said to have existed 1300 years before the founding of Rome, i.e. around 2050 BC. BC, founded the town of Trier on the Moselle. This legend of Trier’s eponymous (“eponymous”) city founder was first recorded in 1105 in the Gesta Treverorum.

His tomb was thought to be recognizable in the burial mound on the Petrisberg, which was later called Franzensüpfchen. In the late Middle Ages, other cities also traced their origins back to Trebeta (e.g. Strasbourg).

Founding of trier

The Trebeta fountain is reminiscent of the legend and an inscription on the red house on the Trierer main market refers to:

ANTE ROMAM TREVIRIS STETIT ANNIS MILLE TRECENTIS.
PERSTET ET ÆTERNA PACE FRVATVR. AMEN.

Which means:

Trier stood one thousand and three hundred years earlier than Rome.
May it continue to exist and enjoy everlasting peace.

Founding of trier

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