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The Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a museum of modern and contemporary arts in Metz. It is a branch of Pompidou arts centre of Paris, and features semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions from the large collection of the French National Museum of Modern Art, the largest European collection of 20th and 21st century arts. The museum is the […]

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The Arsenal

The Arsenal Concert Hall is a cultural venue dedicated specially to Classical and Erudite musics and located near the Esplanade garden in Metz.  The Arsenal is home to the French National Orchestra of Lorraine and almost 200 events are spread over the season period between September and June. The Arsenal has gained wide recognition as […]

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Templar’s Chapel

It is believed the Temple Chapel in Metz, rare in Lorraine for it octagonal design, was built about 1180 with additional reconstruction work in 1220, and the surrounding Templar structures destroyed following the dissolution of the order following the Friday 13th arrest of Templars by the agents of King Phillip IV in 1307. The small […]

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The Esplanade

The Esplanade is a giant park in the heart of Metz.  It is  bordered by the courthouse, the Arsenal, the Templar chapel and the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains and it overlooks the valley of the Mosellle. This garden mainly consists of linden and chestnut trees with a large fountain in the centre and a lot of flowers. The World […]

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The Germans’ Gate

The Germans’ Gate from the 13th century is one of the last medieval bridge castles found in France.  As a historic Garrison town, Metz has been heavily influenced by military architecture throughout its history. From ancient history to the present, the city has been successively fortified and modified to accommodate the troops stationed there. Defensive walls from classical antiquity […]

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Église Saint-Eucaire

The Church of St. Eucaire, was built in the  fifth century, it was extensively damaged during the French Revolution.   It is dedicated to the Bishop of Trier Eucharius. The church is currently undergoing a massive renovation.  Its claim to fame are the relics of St. Blaise who at one point saved a boy who was […]

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Protestant New Temple

A short walk from the Cathedral  at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers is the New Protestant Temple.  After German annexation, Metz became a showcase city  of Wilhelmine empire. The architectural eclecticism is reflected by the appearance of many buildings in the Romanesque Revival style, Central Post Office, the New Temple or a […]

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Metz Cathedral

There are a lot of churches here, some old, some newer, some very large and some small. All great in their own right, all steeped in history.  Metz Cathedral is no different. Saint-Étienne de Metz (French for “Saint-Stephen of Metz”), also known as Metz Cathedral, is a historic Roman Catholic cathedral in Metz, capital of Lorraine, […]

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St. Martin

The Church of St. Martin is one of the oldest Catholic parish church of Metz. The church has been rebuilt and remodelled a number of times over the course of the history.   Its construction dates from the late twelfth century or early thirteenth century. The massive pillars, and the overall arrangement of them is  reminiscent of […]

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Le Dauphine

A few steps away from the hotel on a quiet little street behind some government buildings is Le Dauphine.  A small bistro where we had dinner.  Long story short, if you are in Metz looking for a single portion of  steak tartar that is well spiced and large enough to feed a small village this […]

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We are in Metz

We have arrived – in fabulous Metz. Metz has a rich 3,000-year-history, having variously been a Celtic oppidum, an important Gallo-Roman city, the Merovingian capital of the Austrasia kingdom, the birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, a cradle of the Gregorian chant, and one of the oldest republics of the common era in Europe.  The city has […]

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