Historical sites



Architecture

St. Stephen’s Cathedral (St. Etienne)

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Metz was built over three centuries from 1240, it is one of the highest cathedrals of France with his arch which rises to forty-one meters above the ground level of the nave.
It is nicknamed the “Lantern of God” because of its glass area of nearly 6500 m2, making it the cathedral with the largest glazed area of France and the biggest Gothic windows of Europe.
Historic monument since 1930, it is waiting for a classification of UNESCO World Heritage.
It is among the ten most visited cathedrals of France.

Saint Pierre aux Nonnains and the chapel of the Templars

The Church Saint Pierre aux Nonnains is a religious building dating from the late fourth century.
In Roman times, the building was used as a palaestra (place of practice of physical exercises) and integrated with a thermal unit.
In the seventh century, it became the chapel of a Benedictine abbey.
The Romanesque nave was built around 1000, which corresponds to the Ottonian era (family of Germanic kings who owe their name to Otto I) for the Holy Roman Empire.

The Governor’s Palace

The Governor’s Palace, formerly called “General-Kommando” is a residence built in Metz between 1902 and 1905 to serve as a residence to the German Emperor William II.

The door of the Germans
Porte des Allemands

The door of the Germans is a fortified town gate at the east of the city

It serves as a bridge over the Seille from the thirteenth to the early twentieth century.

The building is now the most important vestige of the medieval ramparts of Metz.

It reflects the evolution of the military architecture in Metz during the Middle Ages.