Saturday, April 14, 2012

Metz, France - A Walking Tour

Metz, France is located on the northern border at the confluence of the Mosell and the Sielle Rivers bordering both Germany and Luxembourg.  It is rich in its 3000 year history, once was a German city, and was captured by US soldiers during World War II.  It was the first European city we had the chance to walk through.  Take a walk with us won't you?

Saint Etienne de Metz 

Saint Etienne de Metz or Saint Stephen of Metz Cathedral is a Gothic Catholic cathedral that broke ground in 1220 but construction remained ongoing until some 300 years later when construction was finally finished in 1520. It boasts the world's largest stained glass windows and some of the most beautifully detailed architecture you could ever imagine which goes untold as to why it took so many years to complete.

The inside of this arch was pretty amazing.  To think of the tools they had back then and that they were able to create these incredible details really is mind blowing.

The side of the cathedral still shows the damage done during the Battle of France in WWII.

A short walk from the cathedral, we were shown another relic from WWII where troops used to store their supplies and hideout in times of need.  We were also told by our guide that it was at one time a mall with little shops. Could you imagine?

Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole

This opera house is the oldest working opera house in France and seats 750 people.  It's construction lasted from 1732 to 1752 being interrupted for 8 years by war. At the time it was built, it seated over 1,300.  During the French Revolution, it erected a guillotine for the executions in the Comedy Square.  The theater is still used today for concerts, plays and operas. Very interesting and old history in this city to say the least.  The city itself is quite stunning being right on the river.

Every few minutes - or whenever they noticed, they had to tell me to catch up to the tour group because I kept finding these interesting little nooks and streets that could probably each tell their own story..

Don't forget the acres of gardens..

I have no recollection of what this building is or was; I just thought I would like to live there so I felt the need to share.

Hope you enjoyed this tour and you didn't get bored half way through.  Please let me know if I'm killing it with the pictures, sometimes I feel like maybe it's overkill - I thought about cutting the last two because they didn't really have a story and I also had a nice fountain one I could have added.  What do you think?

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Pauleen said...

I've enjoyed reading your A to Z travel posts -love both travel and coffee myself ;-) I'm writing on places as well but in relation to my family history mainly with a dash of pure travelogue.

AdenaF said...

OMG, I would love to see this in person. Would love to travel but so far the only out-of-country travel I've experienced was to Canada - and that was when we lived in Michigan so it was only an hour drive from the house. Luckily, I can dream thru your blog until I can get my passport stamped

Angela Tague said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the visual tour! I visited France in high school (hmmm, 1994...) but never made it to Metz. Pretty! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living,

udita banerjee said...

No no... the pics are lovely! Keep 'em coming!