Church Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains at Metz!!!

And continue on my presentation of the city of Metz in the Moselle dept 57 of the new region of Grand Est of my belle France! This is an awesome building to visit, a must I say, not only for the architecture and history but the wonderful programming now done in it. Let me tell you a bit more on the Church of Saint Pierre aux Nonnains. I must say I will be brief as the history is long as old as it is !

The Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains dates from the end of the 4C located in the city center of Metz. It is one of the oldest churches in the world, and the oldest church in France. In Roman times, the building is used as a palestra and integrated into a thermal complex. In the 7C, it became the chapel of a Benedictine abbey. The Romanesque nave was built around the year 1000, which corresponds to the Ottonian period for the Holy Roman Empire of which Metz was then part.


The city of Metz is invaded and destroyed the first time in 253 by the Alamans (or Alemanni tribe from Germany later defeatd by Clovis in 496 founding old France). In this climate of less security, the city surrounds itself with a wall of 3.5 meters thick pierced with several doors where are reused architectural elements and steles of Roman monuments. From this troubled time, date the construction of the Basilica of St. Pierre aux Nonnains.

The building was built in the 4C by the Gallo-Romans. It was then presumably the palestra of a thermal ensemble. The Roman walls are recognizable by their brick links, separating rows of cut stones. In the 7C, the building was built for Christian worship, and receives a stone balustrade, or chancel, to separate the choir from the nave. This chancel is currently preserved in the museums of Metz.  In the 15-16C, Gothic arches were built over the nave and aisles. Unfortunately, during the siege of Metz by Charles V in 1552, François de Guise has erased forty religious buildings, including Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains.


In the 7C, the Roman building became the church of a women’s abbey. From 1556, at the time of the construction of the citadel by the French, Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains becomes a military warehouse and the remained until the 20C. In 1946, the city council approved the principle of transfer of various buildings by the army to the city of Metz. Today, Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains has become a venue for concerts and exhibitions.

And great historical exhibitions are held here now as well as concerts of the period and modern, a great cultural center in the city center of Metz. Some webpages to help you  plan your trip here and it is a must are

City of Metz on the Church in French

Tourist office of Metz on the Church in English

And a webpage for all your cultural needs in the city of Metz and especially the St Pierre aux Nonnains here: City of Metz cultural webpage cite musicale on the St Pierre aux Nonnains

And there you go a wonderful space to see and enjoy it with the whole family, hope you do have a chance to visited ,it is worth the detour at the Saint Pierre aux Nonnains!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!




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