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Saint Pierre aux Nonnains Basilica

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Oldest church building in France

Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains. Under renovations, this church has the typical Roman... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vicenza, Italy
Historic gem

This is a lovely small building with a fascinating history. It dates back to historic Roman times... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2017
Hume, Virginia
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2 weeks ago
“Oldest church building in France”
Nov 11, 2018
“Historic but little to see”
France's oldest church with sections dating back to the 4th century.
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Rue de la Citadelle, Metz, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains. Under renovations, this church has the typical Roman basilica layout and dates to the 4th century. Because of that it is the oldest church building in France

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The basilica has an amazing history and is in very good condition in spite of its age. That said, the interior space is virtually devoid of anything to see - no history displays/information of the building, the city or the Roman era. Entry is free.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 101jumper
Reviewed March 27, 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely small building with a fascinating history. It dates back to historic Roman times and you can still see some of the Roman architecture in the walls. It's also famous as the spot where Gregorian chants developed. However it is a rather...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank AoifeCuRua
Reviewed August 30, 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.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Piotr S
Reviewed March 12, 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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank WC-Travelers-75
Reviewed February 17, 2016

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

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed August 21, 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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank ExpatAgainandAgain
Reviewed May 18, 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...More

1  Thank CarlosLievano
Reviewed April 8, 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.

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank Grumbario
Reviewed August 12, 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...More

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank Rosie_the_Riveter
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