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The Cathedral of Saint-étienne: photo description (Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Metz)

One of the first mentions of the Church. Stephen (Saint-Etienne) dates from the mid-fifth century source it is known that the chapel of Saint-Etienne, already existed in this place and even survived the RAID of the Huns. Location under the modern building of the ancient religious structures confirmed by archaeological excavations conducted in the last century.

The construction of the Cathedral of St. Stephen was begun in the eighth century, and after two centuries the temple was reconstructed, financed by the Royal Treasury of Otto I and, later, his successor, Otto II.

Another reconstruction of the Cathedral was undertaken in the early thirteenth century and lasted for about three centuries. At this time the temple has a new nave, which was added to the old building of the temple. The height of the nave exceeded 40 meters, and it is possible to consider the Cathedral in Metz one of the great height of the nave in France after Notre-Dame cathedrals in Amiens and Saint Peter at Beauvais. Updated, the Cathedral was consecrated in 1552. Another reconstruction of the Cathedral was made in the second half of the eighteenth century, during which some of the building next door was demolished, and in front of the Cathedral appeared the square.

The Cathedral of Metz is a legend, according to which its construction was the result of the transaction of the architect with the devil, but the architect managed to break the Treaty, and his soul and did not get unclean. The Cathedral is also called the "candle of the Lord" over a large area (6,5 thousand square metres) of stained glass Windows. Saint-Etienne do has a unique collection of stained glass Windows, some of which were made in the XIII, XIV and XVI centuries, 19 more pictures of stained glass executed in the second half of the XX century Marc Chagall. One of the authors of stained glass - master of the XIII century the Herman Munster was honoured to be buried in the Cathedral precincts. As the architect of the Cathedral Pierre Pen, allegedly perechitivay of the devil.