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Le Temple Neuf, Metz

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  • We visited Metz in May 2019 when we researching our upcoming book "Flavour with Benefits: France". The Temple Neuf has such a beautiful presence as it is situated on the tip of an island surrounded.....  more »
  • This cute little church is a peace haven. Little garden on the water to chill and kind of a purple spirit.  more »
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  • The New Temple or New Protestant Temple is a reformed cult building of Alsace and Lorraine built in Metz during the German annexation. The site of the Temple Neuf, on the site of the picturesque "Garden of Love" at the tip of the island formed by an arm of the Moselle is contested with virulence by the Messins. Finally, with the agreement of William II, the city council decides the construction of the temple in this place which offers the advantage of being visible on all sides and thus take a more important place in the urban landscape. The project is entrusted to Conrad Wahn, the architect of the city. The neo-Romanesque building is surmounted by five towers and consists of a short two-span nave and narrow aisles used as corridors. The transept is wider and the choir closed by a half-round apse dotted with annexes. The most important elements of the building, the apse of the choir, the main facade and the transept cross tower are enhanced by small arched galleries. The surface of the walls is decorated with friezes of arcatures above the Lombard bands typical of Romanesque art. The complementary buildings aim to create a picturesque architectural ensemble. Its architectural design contrasts with the urban environment in a striking way. We can speak of a voluntary break with local traditions, particularly in its relationship with the theater and its French classicism.  In spite of the protests of the inhabitants, the Emperor Wilhelm II laid the foundation stone on November 25, 1901, in the presence of the Governor of the city, then came with his wife to inaugurate the temple on Saturday, May 14, 1904 at 11:15 am.  The parish has an organ of 52 games on three keyboards and pedals in fully mechanical traction. This organ by Ernest Mühleisen is the best neoclassical instrument of the city, regularly used for competitions of the National Conservatory of Region and for many recitals, given by renowned organists.

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