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Located 66 km east of Verdun and 40 km west of the German border, at the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region. The city reflects the varied cultural influences imposed upon it over the centuries as it changed hands several times over the years -- ceded to Germany in 1870, recovered by France in 1918, taken back by Hitler in 1940 and finally liberated by American troops in 1944. These influences can be seen throughout the city, in the original French quarter that surrounds the cathedral and in the German-influenced design of the Ville Allemande. The city's main site is the Gothic Cathedrale St-Etienne, which overlooks the Moselle River and contains a wonderful collection of stained glass from medieval to modern, including windows designed by Chagall.

Tourist Officeplace d'ArmesB.P. 8036757007 MetzPhone: 33 3 87 55 53 76Fax: 33 3 87 36 59 43

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