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Metz Cathedral

Admire the world-famous stained-glass windows and examine models of French cathedrals in the crypt of this magnificent city landmark.

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.


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Campanile Metz Centre - Gare AU$86
Campanile Metz Centre - Gare

Campanile Metz Centre - Gare

90 Rue aux Arènes, Metz, Moselle
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nouvelle Ville, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Place Saint-Louis, Centre Pompidou-Metz and Metz Cathedral. Porte Serpenoise and Place de la Republique are also within 1 mile (2 km). Metz Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Hôtel le Mondon AU$110
    Hôtel le Mondon

    Hôtel le Mondon

    8 Avenue Foch, Metz, Moselle
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porte Serpenoise, Centre Pompidou-Metz and Metz Cathedral. Place de la Republique and Metz Palais de Justice are also within 15 minutes. Metz Station is 5 minutes by foot.

      Grand Hotel de Metz AU$107
      Grand Hotel de Metz

      Grand Hotel de Metz

      3 Rue Des Clercs, Metz, Moselle
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is steps away from Place d'Armes and Metz Cathedral. Centre Pompidou-Metz is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Metz Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Novotel Metz Centre AU$138
        Novotel Metz Centre

        Novotel Metz Centre

        Place Des Paraiges, Centre Saint Jacques, Metz, Moselle
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 15 minutes. Metz Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Hôtel du Théâtre AU$101
          Hôtel du Théâtre

          Hôtel du Théâtre

          3 rue du Pont Saint-Marcel, Metz, Moselle
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Le Temple Neuf and Metz Cathedral. Centre Pompidou-Metz is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Metz Station is 22 minutes by foot and Metz North Station is 27 minutes.

            ibis Metz Centre Cathédrale AU$90
            ibis Metz Centre Cathédrale

            ibis Metz Centre Cathédrale

            47 rue Chambière, Quartier Pontiffroy, Metz
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Les Îles, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Le Temple Neuf and Metz Cathedral. Centre Pompidou-Metz is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away. Metz North Station is 23 minutes by foot and Metz Station is 29 minutes.

              Odalys City Metz Manufacture AU$97
              Odalys City Metz Manufacture

              Odalys City Metz Manufacture

              4 Place Saint Vincent, Metz
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Les Îles, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Le Temple Neuf and Metz Cathedral. Centre Pompidou-Metz is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away. Metz North Station is 23 minutes by foot and Metz Station is 29 minutes.

                Hotel Kyriad Metz Centre AU$93
                Hotel Kyriad Metz Centre

                Hotel Kyriad Metz Centre

                8 Rue du Pere Potot, Metz, Moselle
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Metz-Centre – Ancienne Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Saint-Louis and Centre Pompidou-Metz. Metz Cathedral is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Metz Station is 8 minutes by foot.