Monday, October 7, 2013

Metz, France - Awesome Day Trip

Three Gothic cathedrals, an art museum and a collection of buildings built in different architectural styles during in the same time frame in Metz, France made for an exciting Sunday afternoon.

Jemma is doing great. She has tons of energy, her hair is growing and she's been dancing twice per week. We are scheduled to visit the hospital again this Wednesday.

Cathedral Saint-Etienne

The Cathedral Saint-Etienne or the Metz, Cathedral was the main attraction. Construction on this Gothic cathedral began in 1220 and it contains all the features of typical Gothic architecture which are so breathtaking to see.

 Flying Buttresses and Gargoyles

Spires and Rose Windows

Vaulted Ceilings

Stained glass windows: Redone in modern style and original style

Angelical Figures

Interesting Carvings

Imperial German Quarter

Across the river from the cathedral stands a collection of buildings constructed by the Germans in the late 1800's. With a strategy of building, the Emperor Wilhelm II hoped to create a positive feeling toward Germany. Each of the structures were built to reflect a different style of architecture seen in Germany.

- Temple Neuf

The rounded arched windows and castle-like appearance give Temple Neuf the appearance of a Romanesque structure. It is however, a Protestant Church built in the Romanesque Style, but constructed much more recently.

- Anc Temple de Garnison

Anc Temple de Garnison is an unfortunate reminder of the side-effects of war. All that remains of this Protestant Church built also built in modern times, but in the Gothic style is the tower. Fire and World War II destroyed the rest.

Eglise St. Vincent

At first glance Eglise St. Vincent appears to be a Renaissance style cathedral.

 But upon further investigation, the interior is Gothic.

Although the facade was renovated and the city has been working on the cathedral over the past 30 years, additional restoration is required.

Eglise Ste. Segolene
Construction of this Gothic Cathedral began in 1250, but chapels have sat on the site since 800.
 Some of the stone carvings needed a second look.

I loved the castle in the stained glass window.

Musee de la Cour d'Or

This painted wooden panel was created during the middle ages in the time when many Europeans were being converted to Christianity.

Musee de la Cour d'Or is a gigantic art museum that contains pieces ranging from abstract to Roman. Walking through the museum took us on a virtual journey through time, and the older the pieces became the more we knew about them - (see our History Study page). Roman mosaics, stones carved with Celtic knots and the mix of Roman and Celtic cultures which brought Europe into the middle ages......... it was fascinating to see such a great combination of treasures.


  1. Wow! What beautiful art and architecture!

  2. If we ever wish to visit heaven France can be considered as the one. I have already decide a plan to visit France and already contacted d-day trips .


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