An austere yet appealing city, Metz sits at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille. Twenty bridges crisscross the rivers and canals in the city. This Gallo-Roman city, now the capital of Lorraine, has always been a pawn in the game of border chess – annexed by Germany in 1871, regained by France in 1918.
Metz offers strolls through its many gardens in the heart of the city and along the ramparts. This famous French city reveals many treasures: one of the tallest Cathedrals in the Gothic world, a mixed heritage of history, contemporary art, and the Centre Pompidou which has brought charm and excitement to Metz.
Set on a hill above the Moselle, the Cathédral St-Etienne overlooks the historic center. Inside there are stained-glass windows, including some by Chagall.
To the northwest of the cathedral, a narrow wooden bridge leads across to the island of Petit Saulcy, site of the oldest French theater still in use.
In Vieille Ville, place St-Louis is a delightful square bordered by lofty, arcaded 14th century mansions. Eglise St-Pierre-aux-Nonnaines claims to be one of the oldest churches in France. The external walls and the façade date from the Roman times, while much of the rest belongs to the 7th century convent that occupied the site.
Opened in Metz in 2010, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is an annex to the Pompidou Center in Paris. The museum is a showcase for modern European art.