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  • 1 Place Stanislas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Stanislas

    The square's main point of interest is the marvellous gold-plated wrought iron gates made by Jean Lamour that adorn the four cut-off corners and entrances to Rue Stanislas and Rue Sainte-Catherine. The northern gates surround the fountains of Neptune..

  • 2 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    3 place Stanislas

    The Fine Arts Museum is housed in one of the pavilions on Place Stanislas. It displays its collections of 14th to 20C works with subtle use of light and sometimes unexpected combinations. Some of the most interesting collections include the 787 engra..

  • 3 Musée lorrain Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    64 Grande-Rue

    The Lorraine Historical Museum contains documentation of exceptional quality and depth on the Lorraine, from prehistory to the Great War. Souvenirs of the dynasty of the dukes of Lorraine, tapestries, paintings by Georges de La Tour, prehistorical ar..

  • 4 Musée de l'École de Nancy Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    36-38 rue du Sergent-Blandan

    An overview of the rebirth in decorative arts in Nancy from 1885. Inlaid wood furniture by Gallé, Louis Majorelle, Eugène Vallin and Jacques Gruber, posters and drawings by Prouvé, Martin and Collin, glasswork by Gallé and the Daum brothers, stained-..

  • 5 Palais Ducal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    64 Grande-Rue

    Built in the 13C, the Ducal Palace was rebuilt after the victory of René II over the Foolhardy - its austere façade is relieved by the elegant portery, its only flamboyant style decoration. The palace now houses the Musée Historique Lorrain.

  • 6 Place de la Carrière Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Carrière

    This long square used to be for horse training and dates back to the ducal period, but was redesigned by Héré. It is surrounded by lovely 18C private mansions and each corner is adorned with a fountain. At each end, there are gates by Lamour, with it..

  • 7 Pépinière Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    Designed for Stanislas, this 23 ha promenade includes a terrace, English garden, rosary and zoo. It contains a statue of the painter Claude Gellée, whom Rodin called «le Lorrain».

  • 8 Porte de la Craffe Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    At the end of the Grande-Rue, this majestic gate, built in the 14C, is the oldest in the city. It was used as a prison and is now an annexe of the Musée Lorrain. It is decorated with the Nancy thistle and the Lorraine cross.

  • 9 Arc de triomphe Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Stanislas

    From Place Stanislas, its main façade is inspired by Antiquity. The other façade, looking onto Place de la Carrière, is more simple. The Arch, in imitation of the Arch of Septimus Severus in Rome, was built from 1754 to 1756 in honour of Louis XV. Th..

  • 10 Palais du Gouverneur Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    This is the former residence of the governors of Lorraine. The peristyle is linked to the houses on the square by an ionic colonnade topped with a balustrade decorated with vases. Between each column, there are busts of characters from mythology.

  • 11 Église N.-D.-de-Bon-Secours Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place du Gén.-de-Castelnau

    A Baroque façade houses an interior that is richly decorated with sculpted confessionals in the Louis XV style, gates by Jean Lammour and a rocaille pulpit. In the pulpit, the Tombeau of Stanislas and a monument to the heart of Marie Leszczynska, scu..

  • 12 Église et couvent des Cordeliers Interesting

    Religious buildings

    64 Grand-Rue

    Built in the late 15C, the church contains the recumbent statue of Philippa de Gueldre, second wife of René II, sculpted in very fine limestone by Ligier Richier. On the southern waall, the tomb of René II was made in 1509 by Mansuy Gauvain. The duca..

  • 13 Place d'Alliance

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Alliance

    Designed by Héré, this square is surrounded by 18C private mansions and decorated with a fountain by Cyfflé commemorating the alliance signed between Louis XV and Marie-Thérèse of Austria in 1756.

  • 14 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Stanislas

    Built in 1755, the town hall is decorated with the coats of arms of Stanislas: an eagle for Poland, horseman for Lithuania and buffalo for his family. There is a magnificent staircase with an ornate bannister by Jean Lamour. In the square salon, ther..

  • 15 Brasserie Excelsior

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    70 r. Henri-Poincaré

    Built in 1970, this was decorated by Louis Majorelle.

  • 16 Chambre de Commerce

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    40 r. Henri-Poincaré

    The Chamber of Commerce was built in 1908 and is decorated with ironwork by Majorelle and stained-glass windows by Gruber.

  • 17 Maison Weissenburger

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 bd Charles-V

    Weissenburger built this house for himself in 1904. The décor and ironwork are by Majorelle.

  • 18 Villa Majorelle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 rue Louis-Majorelle

    Designed in 1899 by the Parisian architect Henri Sauvage (1873-1932), the filla, known as «Jika» was built for Louis Majorelle in a park (that you can walk through when visiting the house) at the edge of the city.

  • 19 Maison de l'imprimeur Bergeret

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    24 r. Lionnois

    The house of the printer Bergeret is decorated with stained-glass windows by Gruber and Janin.

  • 20 Art Nouveau Tour

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A tour showing you round the houses built by the members of the Art Nouveau school of Nancy. 86 Rue Stanislas (Eugène Vallin, 1896), Est Républicain (5 Avenue Foch), the BNP branch (9 Rue Chanzy), with ironwork by Majorelle, the shop at 2 Rue Bénit w..

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