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  • 1 Pompidou-Metz Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme F - 57000 Metz

    The work of three architects, Japanese Shigeru Ban (who claims he was inspired by the wooden structure of the traditional Chinese bamboo hat), Parisian Jean de Gastines and Londoner Philip Gumuchdjian, the Pompidou-Metz Centre provides a venue for th..

  • 2 Cathedral of St Stephen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de Chambre F - 57000 Metz

    The cathedral, built of yellow Jeumont stone, is a remarkable Gothic edifice, steeped in history, legends and piety. The nave is one of the highest in France but it is particularly renowned for its windows, which occupy a surface area of 6 500sq m, h..

  • 3 Cour d'Or Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 rue du Haut-Poirier F - 57000 Metz

    Housed in a former Carmelite convent, the museum's basements contain the vestiges of ancient baths and its archeology section covers the city's brilliant Gallo-Roman and Merovingian periods. The architecture and lifestyle collections reflect everyday..

  • 4 Church of St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rue de la Citadelle F - 57000 Metz

    The oldest church in France dates from 390. It was originally a civil basilica, transformed into a chapel in around 615. In turn a Benedictine chapel and a military depot in the 15C, it is a significant part of Metz's heritage. Its splendid chancel w..

  • 5 Avenue Foch Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    avenue du Mar.-Foch F - 57000 Metz

    This wide avenue, lined with plane trees, has a pleasant promenade with plants, thickets and flower borders, culminating in the fountains of Place Mondon.

  • 6 Esplanade Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    boulevard Poincaré F - 57000 Metz

    This fine esplanade was laid out on the site of a citadel. From the terrace, there is a fine view of Mont Saint-Quentin and its fort, and one of the arms of the River Moselle.

  • 7 Place St-Louis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place St-Louis F - 57000 Metz

    A square lacking in symmetry. It is lined with houses with buttresses and arcades, built along the traces of the old rampart which serves as their foundations. It gives the square a certain charm and attraction.

  • 8 Porte des Allemands Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue des Allemands F - 57000 Metz

    Beside and above the River Seille stand the vestiges of the old fortifications. Two round towers crowned with slate pepperpot style roofs on the city side and two large crenellated towers on the open side, linked by a gallery.

  • 9 Church of St Maximin Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rue Mazelle F - 57000 Metz

    The cantilevered chancel is decorated with stained-glass windows designed by Jean Cocteau. Two basket-handle arches link the chapel of the Gournays (Metz aldermen) with the right arm of the transept.

  • 10 Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 57000 Metz

    Built in 1908, the station is an immense neo-Romanesque building, richly decorated with capitals and bas-reliefs and abundantly illuminated with stained-glass windows: the massive symbol of the German city.

  • 11 Chapel of the Knights Templar

    Religious buildings

    3 avenue Ney F - 57000 Metz

    The Knights Templar, whose commandery in Metz dates back to 1133, built this chapel in the early 13C. It is octagonal in shape and every wall but one has a small window in the arch. The last one gives onto a square chancel and aisle.

  • 12 Law Courts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Juge-Pierre-Michel F - 57000 Metz

    Built under Louis XVI as the military governor's palace, it is the most imposing building on the esplanade.

  • 13 Arsenal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 avenue Ney F - 57000 Metz

    Created in yellow Jeumont stone by Ricardo Bofil, the Catalan Neo-Classical architect, on the site of the former arsenal, some parts of which have been preserved. While the Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains and the neighbouring Chapel of the Knight..

  • 14 Middle Bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Pont-des-Morts F - 57000 Metz

    Ideally situated, it offers a charming view of the river, the islands, the Protestant church and the two small bridges reflected in the water.

  • 15 Theatre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5 place de la Comédie F - 57000 Metz

    This 18C theatre is the oldest in France. It is framed with historic buildings, the Pavillon de la Douane (Customs pavilion) and the Pavillon Saint-Marcel and stands opposite the former Hôtel des Intendants, rebuilt after a fire in 1803, which is now..

  • 16 Church of St Vincent

    Religious buildings

    rue Goussaud F - 57000 Metz

    A Gothic chancel, two elegant bell-towers forming a contrast with the 18C façade, an imitation of the Paris church of St Gervais.

  • 17 Place d'Armes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place d’Armes F - 57000 Metz

    The town hall with its sober Louis XV façade, the former guardroom, its pediment decorated with trophies and the former Parliament stand around this square, laid out in the 18C by François Blondel. In the centre stands the statue of Marshal Fabert (1..

  • 18 Former Récollets Convent

    Religious buildings

    1 rue de l’Abbé-Risse F - 57000 Metz

    The convent, with its fine 15C cloister, is now home to the European Institute of Ecology.

  • 19 Church of St Martin

    Religious buildings

    25 place St-Martin F - 57000 Metz

    Its foundations are formed by the Gallo-Roman rampart, visible on either side of the entrance. The beauty of the church resides in the originality of its narthex. Four Romanesque pillars support the ribbed vault. Works of art include the stained-glas..

  • 20 Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

    Religious buildings

    rue de la Chèvre F - 57000 Metz

    Decorated in the 19C, the interior has rich wainscoting and Rococo confessionals from Trier to alleviate the sins of the penitent. The baroque organ was made by Jean Nollet.

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