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Saint Pierre aux Nonnains Basilica

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Address: Rue de la Citadelle, Metz, France
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:00
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France's oldest church with sections dating back to the 4th century.

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This is where the music started...

Actually it is in this church where for the first time type of music known as Gregorian chant was invented giving the birth to modern Western music. It is also one of the oldest... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 August 2016
Piotr S
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Actually it is in this church where for the first time type of music known as Gregorian chant was invented giving the birth to modern Western music. It is also one of the oldest buildings in Metz.

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West Chester, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

This site is on the Michelin walking tour of Metz. The guide book states that the site is open daily except Mondays from 2 to 6. We arrived before the opening time on a Sunday and walked the exterior and the grounds for about 10 minutes. Given the ancient architecture and history we were hoping to enter. We would suggest... More 

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Charlestown, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

To ad it was closed the day we were there, but the grounds were lovely for a stroll towards the river and Cathedral.

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Dothan, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We saw it as part of the self guided walking tour we did of the city. Amazing to think of how old the building actually is weather it is or is not the oldest in France. I wish it was open more often than twice a week for a few hours. Look into this if you want to see the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

If you're coming from the arsenal/citadel, you might miss this nugget whose foundations date back to the fourth century. While the inside might be interesting if you catch it open, the true magic is in its surroundings, going down the hill to the mother's monument (you'll know when you get there). Keep going to get into the swans' lake and... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

Neat, but only open to go in on weekends. Otherwise you can just walk around it. Surrounding gardens (Esplanade) are great, so you kill two birds with one stone by visiting it.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We desperately wanted to visit this church but it was closed and no signage to indicate opening hours. Best check with tourist information beforehand. Lovely to look at from the outside too however and in a nice location by the river. Info boards outside tell the story of the building.

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

Amazing to realize what has gone through these walls! Accessible and a cool place to enjoy on a hot day!

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

Actually is an exhibition centre, but inside you can find all the explanations about this roman and MiddelAges masterpiece... and this also is free!!! See also the explanade outside ;-)))

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

I suppose some people may find this interesting, however I found this was quite boring - just a giant, empty room. The one in Trier is much better.

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