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  • SusanneKL
    Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain168 contributions
    Only spent the night in Nancy on our way south, but am happy we did and glad we discovered Place Stanislas. It was so lovely, especially when lit up at night! Do not miss this, and hit some of the nice restaurants in the surrounding area (I am assuming they will be less touristy...). You won't regret it!
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    After Paris the best place in France to study Art Nouveau is the town of Nancy. There is a small brochure, published by the Office de Tourisme with four trails to discover the city's Art Nouveau architecture. Especially famous though is Nancy for its glass and furniture designers, who formed the 'Ecole de Nancy', which began around 1890 and lasted till the beginning of World War I.

    Apart from the collection of the glass manufacturer Daum in the 'Musée des Beaux Arts' and the Villa, now museum, of Louis Majorelle, the place to go and see objects from this period is a the 'Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy' in the former house of patron and collector Eugene Corbin. The museum is open from Wednesday till Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

    Starting in the city center we did a nice round walk, from the 'gare' into the Avenue Foch, continuing to the Villa Majorelle, then to the Musée Ecole Nancy. From here we left in an eastern direction towards the Parc de Saurupt, a garden city with Art Nouveau and Art Deco villas, then north back to the city center.

    At the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy we enjoyed the garden the most. It is a relaxing small park with plants, with water and also some interesting art work like a pavillon aquarium in Art Nouveau, a funerary monument, brought here from the cemetery, or an oak door made by the atelier Emile Gallé. It has tables and benches to relax and on that sunny day far more people were in the 'jardin' than in the museum-house.

    Artwork of the objects in the house is impressive, be it furniture like the famous 'Dawn and Dusk bed', by Emile Gallé, who is best represented in here, or the stained-glass windows by Jacques Gruber. A well known painting is 'La Libellule' by Louis Hestaux. When leaving the museum my wife and me felt like having received an overdose of curves and asymmetry, of the ornate and the florid, and we were in the mood for some straight lines, or more like something in Art Deco, the style which after WWI replaced Art Nouveau.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    The centrally located 'Parc de la Pepinière' is ideal for a break from sightseeing in attractive Nancy. With almost 22 hectares it is the towns largest park. Its name, which means 'plant nursery' in French, goes back to the times of Duke Stanislas in the mid-18th century, when it was created to propagate and grow trees to be then planted along Lorraine's main roads. In 1835 the city of Nancy turned the nursery into a park and opened it to the public.

    In most of the park a rectangular system of roads has been kept from the old days, just on the western side an English garden was created with winding paths. Everywhere though one will find big old trees, some really magnificent. Other typical features of a park are also present: a fountain, a bandstand, a rose garden, benches, sculptures, a playground for children and here also a minigolf and various sports facilities.

    Very popular is a stand, where they sell warm 'gaufres' (waffles) from Lorraine, as well as ice cream. There is also an animal enclosure, but no more with exotic creatures as still some years ago. Instead one will see now 'Chèvres de Lorraine', a domestic breed of goat with a grey flecked coat, that was once almost extinct, since local farmer had started to prefer the more milk giving Alpine Goats.

    Another unique animal to be seen here, is the 'Brun Marron de Lorraine', a chestnut brown domestic rabbit, a cross between wild rabbits and black fire rabbits, whose origins go back to the 1920's. As the Lorraine goat it is also quite rare, although it is said that it produces high quality meat.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • SpiritGirl_11
    Spotsylvania, VA9 contributions
    Fabulous!!!! Needed much more than 1-2 hours recommended by guide book. It’s bigger than it looks and so much to see. Daum Glass has an exhibit.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • Xavier L
    Paris, France350 contributions
    This is more a wildlife museum than an aquarium per say. Stuffed animals and small fishes you will find. Nice to spend an hour.
    Written 9 August 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    With a length of almost 100m the Hotel de Ville is the largest building on beautiful Place Stanislas. It takes over almost the whole southern side and is a work by Duke Stanislas' chief architect Emmanuel Héré, who was responsible of most constructions around here. The style is neoclassicism with baroque elements.

    It is worthwhile to look at some details of the exterior, even sideways from one of the outdoor tables of the Grand Café Foy. Thus one will see that the front is not just one line, but is broken up with three hardly visible avant-corps. There are balconies with gilded iron work by Jean Lamour, who also did the gates at the four corners of Place Stanislas.

    The central avant-corps is topped by a pediment with a clock on top and there again are the flags of Lorraine, France and Europe. On the two sides of the clock are statues of the personified Justice and Prudence. And underneath the pediment is a relief with the coat of arms of Nancy, held by a woman and a genie.

    From its opening in the mid-18th century till today the building serves as town hall. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to visit its interior.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    Visitors to Nancy's 'Vieille Ville' might easily end up at the Place St.Epvre with its several bars and cafés, popular also with locals. An eye catcher, when sitting here, is the front of the neo-gothic church Saint-Epvre. It was not possible to visit its interior, when there, but I was interested in the name of the saint, to whom this church is dedicated.

    Saint Epvre is known in English as 'Aprus of Toul', after the town, whose bishop he was around the year 500. A great preacher he had also given all his belongings to the poor, but his veneration has been limited ever since to the Lorraine, where several churches are dedicated to him. The one in Nancy apparently goes back to the 11th century, but what we see now is the third church at this spot, built in the 1860's to replace an older gothic church, which had been torn down.

    Pope Pius IX elevated the church soon after is construction to a 'basilica minor', a designation often given, when a place is popular with pilgrims, in this case for Saint Epvre. The distinction to other churches is visible in the ceremonies.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    Of all the eight still existing gates in Nancy the Porte de la Craffe, facing north, is not only the oldest, but also the most different. While the others are mostly in an 18th century neoclassical style, this one has a more medieval character. Going back to the 14th century several changes have taken place though afterwards.

    The main feature are the two towers on the sides of the gate with conical roofs. Above the entrance are impressive machicolations with a Cross of Lorraine underneath. The gate, although wide enough, seems to be closed for car traffic, as I could observe, while sitting at the Bistrot Barami in front of the inner side of the gate.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • SweetDesertRose
    Nancy, France9 contributions
    Huge selection of books, and not only books! There are newspapers and magazines too! Books in English also available! Service is great and pricing is fair!
    Written 14 April 2019
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13 455 contributions
    This big square was a stunning surprise for the grand buildings and landscaping around it. Big stone area in the center. Suitable for a king.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Michael T
    Paris, France98 contributions
    Recently renewed ; it’s a must see; everything from art nouveau style ; including furniture and glass as well; do not forget to bring your headphone ; you can download for free a guide
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23 666 contributions
    The 'Eglise des Cordeliers' is next to the Ducal Palace and part of the 'Musée Lorrain'. It was all we could visit in corona-times. The rather small Gothic church is not much of an attraction for aesthetical reasons, unless there is a special interest in funerary monuments, but more for its historical connections.

    It was Duke Rene II, whose statue is at the Place St.Epvre, who gave the orders for the construction of this church as a future burial place for the dukes of Lorraine. At the same time it was meant to be a chapel for the order of Minor Friars of the Observance, a branch of the Franciscans, generally known as 'Cordeliers' for their rope belt, who were probably supposed here to do the necessary prayers for the ducal family. This all happened after Duke René II - with the help of Swiss mercenaries - in 1477 defeated the invading army of Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy.

    Later a chapel in Italian baroque style was added by the choir as a burial place of ancestors of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen, after Archduchess Maria-Theresia, later Empress, had married Duke Franz Stephan of Lorraine in 1736. There are several stone sarcophagi in there, colored black, just as the engaged columns on the sides.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13 455 contributions
    This arch is huge with a big area set back behind it. We passed through it from Place Stanislaus to the old town. It has been cleaned up and just sparkles in the sun.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Sebastien M
    Sydney, Australia472 contributions
    This private mansion was once owned by printer, Albert Bergeret and built by architect, Lucien Weißenburger, who built the addition to the School of Nancy art nouveau museum. Unfortunately it's no longer accessible to the public as it's now own by the University of Lorraine of which this building is inside their campus at the Faculty of Medicine complex. I stayed about five minutes walk from the university which is near the Nancy University Hospital (CHRU) and just behind Église Saint Pierre de Nancy (Saint Peter's Church of Nancy). It's still a gorgeous building to look at even from the streets as you can still admire some unique features that is art nouveau like the windows and the portals. I believe it's possible to contact the university directly to enquire about exploring inside or the Tourist Information Office of Nancy for the possibility of visiting the inside. If you're a fan or curious about art nouveau, this is a good start as Nancy is the birthplace of this art movement. Absolutely worth a look.
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • Thomas Ozbun
    Vicenza, Italy983 contributions
    The Cathedral; dedicated to the Annunciation and to St Sigisbert, it is a great example of Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th century it contains a nice Organ inside.
    Written 1 February 2019
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