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Construction of Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Metz commenced in the 1220s, on the site of an older religious building. Its unique ochre-yellow color is due to the use of a quality local stone: the stone of Jaumont. It took three centuries to complete the cathedral, which was consecrated in 1552.
Once inside the cathedral, the nave impresses by the height of its arch, suspended 40 meters above the ground. It is the 3rd highest nave in France. The poet Verlaine had rightly written that the cathedral was “the lantern of God”. In fact, the building contains the largest surface area of stained glass of all French cathedrals (almost 6,500 square meters) and this is the reason why it’s enlisted here.

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Notre-Dame de Reims is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Reims, where the kings of France were once crowned.The cathedral was completed by the end of the 13th century, with the exception of the western front. That portion was completed in the 14th century.The south tower holds just two great bells; one of them, named “Charlotte” by Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine in 1570, weighs more than 10,000 kg.Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991.

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