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31 Facts About Metz
Metz is the prefecture of the Moselle department and the seat of the parliament of the Grand Est region.
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Metz is home to some world-class venues including the Arsenal Concert Hall and the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum.
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Basin of urban ecology, Metz gained its nickname of The Green City, as it has extensive open grounds and public gardens.
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Under French rule, Metz was selected as capital of the Three Bishoprics and became a strategic fortified town.
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Metz remained German until the end of the First World War, when it reverted to France.
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In 1944, the attack on the city by the U S Third Army removed the city from German rule and Metz reverted one more time to France after World War II.
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Statistics on the ethnic and religious make up of the population of Metz are haphazard, as the French Republic prohibits making distinctions between citizens regarding race, beliefs, and political and philosophic opinions in the process of census taking.
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Local law applied in Metz is a legal system that operates in parallel with French law.
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Metz contains a mishmash of architectural layers, bearing witness to centuries of history at the crossroads of different cultures, and features a number of architectural landmarks.
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Under the leadership of such people as botanist Jean-Marie Pelt, Metz pioneered a policy of urban ecology during the early 1970s.
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Metz's policy was realized in Metz by the establishment of extensive open areas surrounding the Moselle and the Seille rivers and the development of large pedestrian areas.
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Metz is the regional headquarters of the Caisse d'Epargne and Banque Populaire banking groups.
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In recent years, Metz municipality have promoted an ambitious policy of tourism development, including urban revitalization and refurbishment of buildings and public squares.
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Metz was an important cultural centre during the Carolingian Renaissance.
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Metz was an important centre of illumination of Carolingian manuscripts, producing such monuments of Carolingian book illumination as the Drogo Sacramentary.
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Metz School was an art movement in Metz and the region between 1834 and 1870, centred on Charles-Laurent Marechal.
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Writers from Metz tend to present the legend as an allegory of Christianity's victory over paganism, represented by the harmful dragon.
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Originally built as the bishop's palace, the French Revolution broke out before the Bishop of Metz could move in and the citizens decided to turn it into a food market.
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Metz is home to the Football Club of Metz, a football association club in Ligue 1, the highest division of French football .
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Since 2003, Metz has been home to the Moselle Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament played on indoor hard courts, which usually takes place in September.
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Metz has numerous high schools, including the Fabert High School and the Lycee of Communication.
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Also, Metz is one of the main stations of the regional express trains system, Metrolor.
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Metz is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers, both navigable waterways.
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Metz has a central place in the Greater Region and of the economic SaarLorLux Euroregion.
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