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Welcome to Metz 


Welcome to Metz - The city of Art and History


Metz is a beautiful city with an important heritage. 3000 years of history have forged deep characteristics to this city. His beautiful heritage is preserved in a green setting at the convergence of the Moselle and Seille rivers. Metz is famous for its old architecture, the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and Neuf Temple. In Metz, people can do a lot of things: exhibitions, concerts, shows, sports, shopping and other. After becomming a Republic, Metz has known its richest period until the 15th century. In 1552, this city accepted to be placed under French protection. His inification to France in 1648 was consecrated by the Treaty of Westphalia. Metz became the capital of the province of the Three Bishoprics. Metz was annexed by Germany a first time in 1871, then Metz became French in 1918 and knew a second annexation by Germany from 1940 to 1944. Metz units his passion for contemporary art with its historical heritage. With 430 000 inhabitants, near of three borders (Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium), Metz is the capital of Lorraine. 


Information and facts


You can start you night in the opera house of Metz - Arsenal - and enjoy one of the performance of the day. Arsenal is an old military building which served as a warehouse for the weapons of the Metz' garrison. Between 1986 and 1989, the architect Ricardo Bofill refurbished it and transformed it into a theater while keeping up the outline of the building.

Moreover, in Metz, a lot of bars are opened, for example: a piano-bar called l'1pass or Bar'latino. 

In addition, there are some night club such as Le Sense or Tiffany Club. 



In Metz, you can enjoy a great day of shopping in the main street - Serpenoise street - and the littles which follow. Moreover you can find other shops in Place Saint Louis. Most of the streets are pedestrian streets and easy to navigate on foot. 



The main attraction in Metz is the Saint-Etienne Cathedral. It is one of the most beautiful monument in Europe and has the bigger nave of France. This cathedral is ranked at the list of historical building. She became over time the natural place for all large gatherings of the city: for example, on October 10th 1988, John Paul II has moved into this huge cathedral. 

Another important place of Metz is the Centre Pompidou. It is one of highrank museums of modern and contemporary art at the crossroads of three borders (Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany). It was created by the architect Shigeru Ban and his partner Jean de Gastines. 



 Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour



The climate in Metz is well clear. Winter are very cold and summer hot. The difference of temperature between the two seasons is big. About the precipitations, it is spread all over the year. 


Public transportation

In Metz, a new kind of transportation appeared. Inhabitants of Metz call it the Mettis. It is faster and more efficient than traditional buses and it is ecological. It allows passengers an adequat accessibility and a consistency in transport timetables. Moreovers there are in Metz buses, taxis and trains to go in another city. 



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