10 largest cities in France




Metz, a city in the North-East of France (Lorraine), is 3,000 years old. It therefore has a very extensive architectural eclecticism joining Antiquity to the twentieth century. Its history is closely linked to its border location, which gives it a face that is both French and German, particularly with its “Imperial Quarter”. An exceptional heritage which has earned the city center its inclusion on the French indicative list of Unesco heritage in 2014.

Its popular image as a gray and industrial garrison town is gradually disappearing, because it contradicts the reality of a very commercial and friendly, natural and cultural city, whose colors and richness bear witness to a filled history that has given it a dimension. picturesque.

The name of the city is pronounced like "mass", the pronunciation of "t" is very little appreciated by Metz, as for the city of Brussels which is pronounced as "brusselle". The city presents an important architectural diversity, from antiquity to the twentieth century, rich in a strong medieval and classical heritage, of French influence, but also Germanic, especially in the imperial district, built during the annexation of the Alsace-Lorraine, representative of Wilhelmian architecture. Metz seeks to establish itself as a platform for modern and contemporary art through new urban cultural policies.



Metz Cathedral
The Saint-Etienne cathedral of Metz is the Catholic cathedral of the diocese of Metz, in the French department of Moselle in the Grand Est region. If its construction spanned three centuries, from 1220, the cathedral presents a beautiful homogeneity of style since the stylistic criteria were respected in each construction campaign.

Metz Cathedral is not only the cathedral in France with the largest glazed area, nearly 6500 m2, but also the one with the largest Gothic windows in Europe. As for the height of its vaults, it is only surpassed in France by the cathedrals of Beauvais and Amiens.

In the Bulletin of the Society of Archeology and History of the Moselle of 1862, it is recalled that the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Mgr Donnet paid homage to the cathedral of Metz. In addition, the knight Joseph Bard paid homage to the quality of the cathedral and its stained glass adornment in the article he wrote in the Archaeological Congress of France in 1846. He spiritually called it the lantern of the Good Lord .

The cathedral has been classified as a historical monument since February 16, 1930. One of the ten most visited cathedrals in France, it is a candidate for a UNESCO classification.