Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Another place that the Tourist Information Office in Metz had recommended to us, was Sillegny:
The history of the village goes back to Roman times, when it was located on the Roman road between Metz and Lyon. According to Wikipedia, it was also the battlefield of a couple of wars:
In 1635, at the end of the Thirty Years’ War, Sillegny was nearly destroyed by the Swedish and the church became a pilgrimage place.
From 1871 to 1918 and between 1940 and 1945, when Alsace and Lorraine were annexed by Germany (see Treaty of Frankfurt (1871)), Sillegny became a German town renamed Sillningen situated in the Imperial Province of Elsass-Lothringen. The bombings of 1944 destroyed almost all the village.
We went straight to the Saint Martin Church, which is where we took our first pictures.