Metz Cathedral is an impressive sanctuary with fantastic stained-glass windows and Gothic features. The Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Metz is, not surprisingly, the most visited religious structure in Lorraine. Nicknamed the “Lantern of God”, the sanctuary is the most luminous cathedral of France.
The construction of Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Metz started in the 1220s, on the site of an older religious building. Its unique ochre-yellow colour is due to the use of a quality local stone: the stone of Jaumont. It took three centuries to complete the cathedral, which was consecrated in 1552. Certain developments have since been undertaken
The German Gate
A small, independent fortified castle, an icon of the city of Metz, the Porte des Allemands is named after the Teutonic Knights, hospitaller brothers of Notre Dame des Allemands, who founded a hospital nearby in the 13th century. It is the largest surviving building on the medieval ramparts and served both as a double door and a bridge over the river Seille.
The temple Neuf
The temple Neuf or new Protestant temple is a reformed cult building of Alsace and Lorraine built in Metz, between 1901 and 1905, during the Wilhelminian period in a Alsace-Lorraine under German tutelage.
At the time of Metz’s incorporation into the German Empire, the city was transformed by the authorities who decided to make its urbanism a showcase of the Wilhelmian empire. Architectural eclecticism is reflected in the appearance of many neo-Romanesque buildings, such as the central post office, the “New Temple”, or the new railway station; Neo-Gothic, such as the cathedral portal and the Garrison Temple, or neo-Renaissance style, such as the Governor’s Palace. The “new temple” illustrates this policy of Germanization by architecture, deployed by William II, to establish its hold on the city.