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.