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Tourist Info: Nancy

Nancy, Tourist Information

Nancy is the capital of the Lorraine's region, and is situated on the banks of the Meurthe river. Its sumptuous Place Stanislas, old town, fountains and iron gates are but a few of the many attractions of this lively and friendly city. The birth place of Art Nouveau, Nancy remains firmly an European cultural center with a very large student population.

[Place Stanislas]

Nancy is one of France's most sophisticated towns boasting one of the country's finest examples of Rocco architecture in the Stanislas Square, named after the Polish King Stanislas Leszcynski.

When Leszcynski lost the throne of Poland, he came to Nancy as the last of the independent dukes of Lorraine (he was father-in-law of Louis XV). During the twenty-odd years of his office in the mid-eighteenth century, he ordered some of the most successful urban renewal of the period in all France.

Nancy is made up of two fortified towns, the Ville-Vielle (Old Town) and the Ville-Neuve (New town), which were formed during the 16th Century.

The pride of the city is the beautiful place Stanislas. On the south side of the square stands the imposing Hotel de Ville, its roof-line topped by an ornamented balustrade and lanterns. Similar motifs adorn the other buildings bordering the square. The entrances of the square are decorated with gilded wrought-iron gates.

[Gates]
[Art Noveau]

During the early 20th Century, Nancy rivalled Paris as a center of Art nouveau, with a steep tradition in handicraft and art work. Émile Gallé, manufacturer of French art glass and ceramics was one of the pioneers of Art Nouveau.

The web site of the Nancy Tourist Office, with information in French, English, German and Japanese, contains many useful indications and pictures of the city.

Main Sites of Interest

At the center of the Old City, the Place Stanislas is surrounded by the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Nancy Opera House, the Grand Hôtel and l'Hôtel de Ville de Nancy. In the corners of the square one can admire the golden gates and the fountains of Amphitrite and Neptune. During August, the the many cafes surrounding the square puts tables out, and you can enjoy spectacles of light and music.

[Place Stanislas]

Musée des Beaux-Arts
Situated on the Place Stanislas, the museum has both a permanent collection and special expositions.
Open every day from 10h00 to 18h00 (except Tuesdays)
Ticket: 4.60 €
3, place Stanislas
54000 Nancy
Tél : 03.83.85.30.72

[Musée des Beaux-Arts]

Musée de l'école de Nancy (http://edn.fitech.fr/)
Emblematic of the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century the Art Nouveau style is very well represented in Nancy by its school of Decorative arts and the many typical house frontages which one can discover all over the city. The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10h30 to 18h00 (closed on Monday and Tuesday) Ticket: 4,60 €
36 - 38 rue du Sergent Blandan
54000 Nancy
Tél. : 03.83.40.14.86

[Musée de l'école de Nancy]

Musée Lorraine :
Situated in the Palais Ducal de la Vieille Ville de Nancy, the Musée Lorrain presents through its collection the history and culture of Lorraine from prehistoric times up to now.
The museum is open every day (except Tuesday) from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18hs
Ticket : 3,10 €
64, rue Grand' Rue
54000 Nancy
Tél. : 03.83.32.18.74

[Musée Lorrain]

The Aquarium de Nancy : Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Lorraine et aquarium tropical
Close to Place Stanislas, the museum present an extensive collection of marine species (fish, shell-fish, etc.)
The aquarium is open from 10hs00 to 12hs00 and from 14hs to 18hs.
Ticket: 3 €
34, rue Sainte Catherine
54000 NANCY
Tél : 03 83 32 99 97

[Aquarium de Nancy]

The Parc de la Pépinière, with its 21,7 hectares, offers a large green space to enjoy just in the center of the city of Nancy.
The park is open from 6hs30 to 23hs30
Place Stanislas, Bd du 26ème Régiment d'Infanterie

The Parc Sainte Marie (near the Ecole de Nancy Museum) is open during the same hours.
38 bis, avenue du Maréchal Juin

[Parc de la Pépinière]

Eglise Saint Epvre :
Also near Place Stanislas and the Place de la Carrière is the basilica Saint Epvre and the Cathedral Saint Sébastien.

[Eglise Saint Epvre]

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