Wednesday, November 30, 2016


What would be my blog if I do not present my home city?

Metz is a French commune located in the department of Moselle. Prefecture of department, it is part, since January 1, 2016, of the administrative region Grand East. Metz is located in the historic region of Lorraine.

A two-thousand-year-old city, the Celtic oppidum of the Mediomatrics, known under the Latin name of Divodurum Mediomatricorum, then as Mettis, became the capital of the Frankish kingdom of Austrasia. The commercial city of the Carolingian Empire, Metz is the seat of a powerful bishopric, and a commercial and banking city of importance of the Holy Roman Empire. Convened by the Kingdom of France, Metz became a French stronghold in the sixteenth century, before being annexed by the German Empire in the nineteenth century.

The city has an important architectural diversity, from antiquity to the twentieth century, rich in a strong medieval and classical heritage, French influence, but also Germanic, especially in the Imperial quarter, built during the annexation of the " Alsace-Lorraine.

At the last census of 2015, Metz counted 118 634 inhabitants, making it the most populated town of Lorraine. Its urban unit has about 290 000 inhabitants and its urban area 389 851 inhabitants in 2012, making it the second urban area of ​​Lorraine after that of Nancy. Its inhabitants are called Messins.

Establishing itself as a city of communication and information and communication technologies with its technopole and its Internet city label since 2012, the ancient merchant and military city was intended as a "garden city" that sprawled its urban landscape and Architectural development along the water and parks, through a pioneering policy in France on urban ecology.

In 2010, the opening of the Center Pompidou-Metz symbolizes the modernization of the city and its image, which began in the early 2000s. Thus, Metz seeks to establish itself as a platform for modern and contemporary art through new policies Cultural activities. But the city is also seeking a UNESCO ranking for its ancient heritage represented by Saint Stephen's Cathedral, one of the most important Gothic cathedrals in France, and its imperial quarter.

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