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Metz Cathedral

Admire the world-famous stained-glass windows and examine models of French cathedrals in the crypt of this magnificent city landmark.

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.


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Lodging Near Metz Cathedral

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Campanile Metz Centre - Gare

Campanile Metz Centre - Gare

90 Rue aux Arènes, Metz
4.4
of 5, from 25 reviews
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Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre Pompidou-Metz, Place de la Republique, and Porte des Allemands. Metz Palais de Justice and Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$65
Hôtel du Théâtre

Hôtel du Théâtre

3 rue du Pont Saint-Marcel, Metz
3.1
of 5, from 296 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Comedy Square, Metz Cathedral, and Place d'Armes. Musee de la Cour d'Or and Metz Palais de Justice are also within 10 minutes.

$76
Novotel Metz Centre

Novotel Metz Centre

Place Des Paraiges, Metz
3.9
of 5, from 526 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place d'Armes and Metz Cathedral. Musee de la Cour d'Or and Porte des Allemands are also within 10 minutes.

$102
Grand Hotel de Metz

Grand Hotel de Metz

3 Rue Des Clercs, Metz
3.6
of 5, from 99 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is steps from Place d'Armes and Metz Cathedral. Place de la Republique and Musee de la Cour d'Or are also within 10 minutes.

$141
Hôtel La Citadelle Metz MGallery By Sofitel

Hôtel La Citadelle Metz MGallery By Sofitel

5 Avenue Ney, Metz
4.3
of 5, from 122 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place de la Republique, Metz Palais de Justice, and Place d'Armes. Metz Cathedral and Comedy Square are also within 15 minutes.

$55
Odalys Metz Manufacture

Odalys Metz Manufacture

4 Place Saint Vincent, Metz
4.2
of 5, from 57 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Metz, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Comedy Square, Metz Cathedral, and Place d'Armes. Canal de la Moselle and Musee de la Cour d'Or are also within 15 minutes.

$54
ibis Metz Centre Cathédrale

ibis Metz Centre Cathédrale

47 rue Chambière, Metz
3.7
of 5, from 211 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Metz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee de la Cour d'Or and Comedy Square. Place d'Armes and Metz Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

$65
Citotel Hôtel Le Mondon

Citotel Hôtel Le Mondon

8 Avenue Foch, Metz
3.6
of 5, from 112 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Metz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place de la Republique and Metz Palais de Justice. Centre Pompidou-Metz and Place d'Armes are also within 15 minutes.