So how could we not leave Alsace for two days to see the birthplace of Gregorian chant.
|. . . heavily decorated with Teutonic symbolism. And built at the same time, Haut-Koenigsburg was being reconstructed.|
The beautifully landscaped promenade along the Moselle was a lovely walk on a hot summer day.
Metz's most famous attraction is the Cathedral of St Etienne, begun in the early 13th century, within the walls of a 10th-11th century basilica style church. Construction continued for 300 years.
|The cathedral is noted for the towering height of its nave, the third highest in France . . .|
|. . . and its curtain walls that are nearly all glass. I was too overwhelmed by the richness of the glass on such a sunny day to take a decent photograph, so Bob took this one of the 14th century Rose Window by Hermann von Münster.|
|The windows span the centuries with the original 14th and 16th century glass, but includes modern windows too. These are two of the three windows designed by Chagall in the 1950s and 1960s . . .|
|. . . depicting Old Testament stories.|
|Walking to the museum, we passed under a modern day Graoully which still serves as Metz's mascot.|
|Metz also has one of the oldest Christian churches in Europe. St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains was built by the Romans in the late 4th century, probably as a gymnasium. Fifty years later, Attila and the Huns attacked and burned the town . . .|
|. . . with a Romanesque nave . . .|
|. . . and with Gothic vaulting over the next 900 years.|
|In 748, Bishop Chrodegang founded an Abbey in Gorze a few miles outside of Metz. The 13th century parish church is all that remains of the Abbey where Chrodegang introduced his Messin Chant.|
|The Last Judgement|
|Perhaps he is not a fan of the new chanting?|