Metz

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Metz

Motto: If we have peace inside,
we have peace outside

(French: Si nous avons paix dedans, nous avons paix dehors) [1]

Coordinates: 49°07′13″N 6°10′40″E / 49.1203°N 6.1778°E / 49.1203; 6.1778


Metz (French pronunciation: [mɛs]  ( listen); German: [ˈmɛts]) is a city in the northeast of France, capital of the Lorraine region and prefecture of the Moselle department. It is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. The residents of the city are called Messin(e)(s).

Although historically Nancy was the capital of the duchy of Lorraine, Metz was chosen as the capital of the newly created region of Lorraine in the middle of the 20th century. An important Gallo-Roman city, Merovingian capital of the Austrasia kingdom, birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, and one of the oldest republics of the common era in Europe, Metz possesses a rich history over 3,000 years. Metz is historically from Romance culture, but because of its location, the city has been largely influenced by close Germanic culture throughout history.

Metz benefices from the town of art and history classification. The city was the 39th of 44 places to go in 2009 according to The New York Times.[3]

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