© Place Stanislas and Renomm _City of Nancy
© Régine Datin
Nancy capital of the Duchy
Capital of the Duchy of Lorraine until it was brought under the crown of France in 1766, Nancy is famous for its Place Stanislas after the name of the last Duke of Lorraine and it is part of an exceptional archirectural ensemble dating from the 18th century inscribed on the UNESCO List.
The Place Stanislas is not the only sight in Nancy deserving to belong to the UNESCO World Heritage , the Place d’Alliance , a discreet but lovely nearby place , and the Place Carrière which creates a perspective as far as the Palais du Gouvernement are also inscribed on the UNESCO World List.
Nancy and its agglomeration have plenty of pastry shops , sweet shops, chocolate shops but also salted specialties like the famous Quiche Lorraine !Nancy is best known for its macaroons and its bergamots. Among other specialties, the people of Nancy are used to enjoying pastries like Saint – Epvre, Duchesse de Lorraine, Pain d’épices de Saint Nicolas (ginger bread) as well as babas de Stanislas.
As regards restaurants there is a wide choice: local, regional, French, regional or international cuisine from the chic restaurant to the estaminet for every budget !
Cultural life is intense: lyrical art with a national opera house , a ballet, theatre companies, Fine- Arts and Ecole de Nancy museums, the Musée Lorrain, contemporary art, the Poirel Gallery, and various shows at the Zenith or at Poirel Hall make Nancy a bustling city.
Since the dawn of the xxth century Nancy has been the cradle of Art Nouveau. Louis Majorelle had a villa built in Nancy.Soon the whole town this adopted this new artistic trend : the Crédit Lyonnais, the Excelsior brasserie , the Chamber of Commerce answered the call of Art Nouveau and the face of the city changed.The artists from the Scool of Nancy like Hector Prouvé, Emile Gallé, Antonin Daum… succeeded in revealing the innovation spirit of the business bourgeoisie .
Today visitors can admire the the School of Nancy Museum , the only French museum dedicated to a unique artistic movement.
A not-to- be- missed event: The Old Town , especially when it hosts its ‘little market ‘ on a Sunday morning. Get your sneakers ready for a family jogging inside the Pépinière Park, get your shopping bags for a shopping spree;good humour is guaranteed in the shops and cafés all around Saint -Epvre Cathedral.