Saint-Vincent Abbey

Metz, France

The former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Vincent was founded in the 10th century. The abbey church, rebuilt in 1248 and consecrated in 1376, is a superb example of Gothic architecture. After the Revolution, which marked the end of the abbey, the church became a parish church and then a basilica in 1933.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Address

Place Saint Vincent, Metz, France
See all sites in Metz

Details

Founded: 1248
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

More Information

www.tourisme-metz.com

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Beatrice Gaube (17 months ago)
Belle basilique, avec un très bel orgue qui ne peut plus être hélas joué, car ,il nécessite une grande restauration .Ouverture au public trop rare ,dommage
Birloiu Fanica (2 years ago)
O locatie care merita vizitata
Schaefer Matthias (2 years ago)
Schöne Kirche, nette Details. Im Sightseeing Programm ruhig mit aufnehmen.
Nathalie SCHIFITTO (2 years ago)
Très jolie cathédrale aller la voir je vous la conseille
Lieren (3 years ago)
Beautiful, closed tho.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Externsteine Stones

The Externsteine (Extern stones) is a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. Archaeological excavations have yielded some Upper Paleolithic stone tools dating to about 10,700 BC from 9,600 BC.

In a popular tradition going back to an idea proposed to Hermann Hamelmann in 1564, the Externsteine are identified as a sacred site of the pagan Saxons, and the location of the Irminsul (sacral pillar-like object in German paganism) idol reportedly destroyed by Charlemagne; there is however no archaeological evidence that would confirm the site's use during the relevant period.

The stones were used as the site of a hermitage in the Middle Ages, and by at least the high medieval period were the site of a Christian chapel. The Externsteine relief is a medieval depiction of the Descent from the Cross. It remains controversial whether the site was already used for Christian worship in the 8th to early 10th centuries.

The Externsteine gained prominence when Völkisch and nationalistic scholars took an interest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This interest peaked under the Nazi regime, when the Externsteine became a focus of nazi propaganda. Today, they remain a popular tourist destination and also continue to attract Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis.