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Metz Cathedral, also known as the Cathédrale St-Étienne, is the spiritual emblem of the city. The church is affectionately known as the “Good Lord’s Lantern” because of its stunning array of stained-glass windows. Survey the Gothic façade and the incredible series of colorful windows inside.
The cathedral was originally constructed in 1220 though it has been renovated several times over the centuries. The highlight is its fabulous collection of stained-glass windows, which date from the Renaissance all the way through to the 20th century. Peruse the different sections of the church to see radiant works of art from across the centuries. Among the renowned glassmakers behind these colorful masterpieces are Hermann von Münster, Jacques Villon and Marc Chagall.
At 136 feet (41 meters), the cathedral’s nave is one of the highest in France. Stroll through the main space and take in the serene ambiance. The abundance of windows in the church ensures the interior is extremely light and luminous.
Stand outside the church and gaze up at its two large towers: the Mutte Tower to the south and the Chapter Tower to the north. Consider coming back to view the cathedral again at night; the yellow Jaumont limestone is beautifully illuminated in a gold light after dark.
Venture into the crypt to survey models of the Metz Cathedral in various eras, as well as models of other French cathedrals. A funerary chapel is also located in the crypt.
The church is open to visitors daily from morning until early evening and entrance is free. You will have to pay a small fee, however, to access the crypt.
Find Metz Cathedral just south of Moselle River, right in the center of the city. Many top attractions, including the Musée de La Cour d'Or and Opéra-Théâtre de Metz as well as rows of shops and cafés, surround the church.
This family-friendly Metz hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Place d'Armes, Metz Cathedral and Musee de la Cour d'Or. Porte des Allemands and Centre Pompidou-Metz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Metz Station is 15 minutes by foot.
Located in Nouvelle Ville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Place Saint-Louis and Centre Pompidou-Metz. Arsenal de Metz and Porte Serpenoise are also within 1 mile (2 km). Metz Station is 5 minutes by foot.
Located in Les Îles, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Comedy Square (Place de la Comedie) and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Centre Pompidou-Metz. Le Temple Neuf and Musee de la Cour d'Or are also within 15 minutes. Metz North Station is 23 minutes by foot and Metz Station is 29 minutes.
Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Le Temple Neuf and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Centre Pompidou-Metz. Metz Cathedral and Comedy Square (Place de la Comedie) are also within 5 minutes. Metz Station is 22 minutes by foot and Metz North Station is 27 minutes.
Located in Nouvelle Ville, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Place Saint-Louis and Centre Pompidou-Metz. Porte Serpenoise and Place de la Republique are also within 15 minutes. Metz Station is 6 minutes by foot.
Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Pompidou-Metz and Metz Cathedral. Walygator Park and Amneville Zoo are also within 16 mi (25 km). Metz Station is 8 minutes by foot.
Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Metz Cathedral and Porte des Allemands. Centre Pompidou-Metz and Walygator Park are also within 12 mi (20 km). Metz Station is 15 minutes by foot.
Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Le Temple Neuf and Centre Pompidou-Metz. Metz Cathedral and Comedy Square (Place de la Comedie) are also within 5 minutes. Metz Station is 20 minutes by foot and Metz North Station is 28 minutes.