Saint Quentin Church

Metz, France

Saint Quentin Church is a small 12th-century fortified church in Scy-Chazelles, in the suburbs of Metz. It is the burial place of Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the European Union.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Eric Tison (16 months ago)
I enjoyed visiting the fortified church of Scy-Chazelles, at the gates of the town which escaped destruction and is now used as the burial place of Robert Schuman, one of the fathers of Europe, whose simple Lorraine house , close to the church, is open to visitors. Its design and its architecture allow us to imagine what the many churches outside the ramparts could represent as an asset, and helps us to understand and perhaps excuse the Duke of Guise who ordered their destruction. Indeed, a lot of religious buildings were built in Metz in the Middle Ages. However, only a few vestiges remain. It is that the Duke of Guise, to ensure the victorious defense of Metz against Charles V, in 1552, ordered the destruction of an impressive number of churches and abbeys: Saint-Pierre-aux-Dames, Notre-Dame du Pontiffroy, the convents of the Pucelles, the Brothers of the Observance, the sisters of Ave-Maria, the sisters of the Augustins, the churches of Saint-Hilaire, Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Médard, Saint-Jacques, Saint-Vit, Saint Thiébault, the monasteries of the Trinity, Saint-Clément, Saint-Arnoult, Saint-Martin, as well as a certain number of churches outside the town. This table of destruction is impressive, and one can ask questions about the imperative nature of the Duc de Guise's strategy. In any event, this is the main reason why there are few remains of Romanesque architecture in Metz. In order to continue our visit of Metz and its region, we can visit the Lorraine house of Robert Schuman next to the church open to visitors. Then you can go nearby, about 2 km away, to Mont Saint-Quentin which dominates Metz to the west to walk and visit the defense forts that the French imagined in 1866 after the victory of Prussia over Austria. and started to build in 1867. The fort was unfinished when the Germans laid siege to Metz in 1870! It was therefore the Germans who finished it with the help of French prisoners in the decade 1870-1880. Ditto for the forts of Plappeville, Queuleu, and Saint Julien. They are distinguished by their gigantism! This fort of Saint-Quentin is impressive by its size. It is part of a first belt of 10 forts relatively close to the center of the city, a belt started by the French in 1867 and completed by the Germans in 1880 for the defense of Metz. I am attaching some photographs. And if possible, please put a "like or useful" under the images and the opinion to encourage me in my approach. It's always nice to get some kind feedback. Thanks in advance. Good sightseeing in Scy-Chazelles. Best regards. Eric Tison. Fey F-57 Moselle.
Terry Schuler (2 years ago)
Olivier Dobrynine (3 years ago)
Very beautiful fortified church. Robert Schuman's tomb in the middle of the nave impresses with its simplicity. It should be noted that this type of burial in the nave of a church was extremely rare in the 20th century. the European Union has invested the place since at the bedside of the same church you can admire the sculptures of the founding fathers of Europe.
pper 57 (4 years ago)
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