Notes on the Geography of Germany: Trier: Photo 1
The Roman street plan was a customary tidy grid about 15 blocks by 7, with a forum at the center. It remained intact until a Viking invasion of 882 destroyed the city so completely that even the street plan was mangled and eventually replaced by a more random layout in which only bits of the old grid survive. In the 20th century a new kind of barbarian arrived, and the city acquired districts that only a quantity surveyor could love.
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