How well do you know Metz? Read some interesting facts about the city below and see!
- Metz is a city in northeast France. It is on the Moselle River. It is the capital city of the region of Lorraine.
- It is a cultural, commercial, and transportation center of Lorraine, an industrial city producing metals, machinery, tobacco, clothing, and food products, and the home of one of France’s largest military bases.
- Metz is one of eight cities targeted by the French government for special planning and development.
- Metz was a major cultural center of the Carolingian Renaissance (8th century) and was later (10th century) a prosperous commercial city with an important Jewish community.
- Metz became a free imperial city in the 12th cent. and was then one of the richest and most populous cities of the empire.
- Paul Verlaine, a famous French poet associated with the Symbolist movement, was born in Metz in 1844.
- During the German annexation of E Lorraine (1871–1918), Metz, largely French-speaking, was a center of pro-French sentiment. During World War II the city suffered greatly under German occupation.
- There are many Gallo-Roman ruins in Metz, including an aqueduct, thermal baths, and part of an amphitheater. Much has also been preserved from the medieval period.
- The celebrated Cathedral of St. Étienne, built from c.1221 to 1516, has one of Europe’s largest collections of stained glass.
- The Place Sainte-Croix is a square in Metz surrounded by medieval houses (13th–15th cent.).
- Metz has several other churches, including St. Pierre-de-la-Citadelle Basilica, mansions from the Middle Ages, and many beautiful promenades.
- Metz is also the site of the futuristic Pompidou-Metz museum (2010), the first regional branch of Paris’ Beaubourg (Pompidou Center).
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