Basilica of Constantius Chlorus

Basilica of Constantius Chlorus

Date early 4th Century CE

Movement Roman

Located at Trier, Germany

 

Constantius Chlorus, one of the first four tetrarchs, set up his capital city at Trier with this as his Basilica. The structure is void of any architectural embellishments from earlier times—no columns or relief sculptures are to be found. Two stories of arches define the building that are pierced with windows that are flanked simply by their buttresses. The windows of the apse are shrunken and its roof shortened, so as make the building appear larger when viewed from the opposing side, and whatever in the apse (the tetrarch or his image) look even more powerful.