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2017 Mar by Leslie Rutledge
I visited Lorraine on a recent European car tour. I stopped at the city of Nancy to have a wander around. Nancy is a WHS due to the famous Stanislav square, which consists of a series of very impressive palace type buildings, which are laid out in three squares, two with gardens, one of which is reached via the famous Arc Here. The main square has large gold braided fountains on each corner. Do not ask me how a Polish-Lithuanian citizen became Duke of Lorraine in France. Even stranger is the fact that Stanislav died shortly after the completion of the project as the last Duke of Lorraine and the capital was then moved to Metz, which seemed a complete waste of public money. Never the less what Stanislav left behind was very impressive. Nancy also has other very beautiful buildings like the Dukes palace, several museums, the cathedral, the La Porte de la Craffe and the very gothic St Epvre Church. |
2013 Feb by Frank J Britton
Arrived in Nancy by TGV from Reims. Really liked Nancys UNESCO heart. Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d Alliance were built 1752 - 1756. These three squares are outstanding urban spaces especially Place Stanislas, both by day and night. Being February the squares were largely empty allowing the visitor to fully experience the scale of the monumental buildings,ironwork and fountains. Top off the Place Stanislas experience with a visit to the Musee des Beaux-Arts to see works by Caravaggio, Rubens, Claude Monet, Signac, Modigliani, Picasso, and Raoul Dufy among others. A great feature of French museums is that they allow you to take photos of the exhibits, pas de flash of course. Have fun. Following day took train to Luxembourg. |
2012 May by Peter Kuiper
Zwei Stunden fuhren wir von Dijon durch eine leicht hügelige sonnendurchflutete Landschaft weiter nach Norden, endlose blühende Rapsfelder, Wiesen voller Löwenzahn und weiße Maidornbüsche, kleine Flüsschen, aus den urtümlichen Städtchen ragten Kirchturmspitzen und überall viele, viele glückliche weiße Kühe. In Nancy hatten wir drei Stunden Zeit. Es gab keine Schließfächer so zog ich die Rolltasche durch die ganze Stadt. Es gibt eine schöne Kathedrale, kleine gepflegte Parks und vor allem den Platz Stanislas, rund 1750 von einem polnisch stämmigen Prinzen erbaut. Er schaut in der Mitte des Platzes von seinem Sockel auf die berühmten goldverzierten Gitter zwischen den Barockpalästen. Eine kleine Arc de Triumpf führt zu einem weiteren länglichen, baumbestanden Platz mit am Ende nochmal einen kleinen Barockpalast. Daneben steht eine gotische Kirche umgeben von hübschen Häusern mit davor vollen Terrassen, wir waren nicht die einzigen Touristen hier. So ein kleines Schmuckkästchen aber auch. Ich wäre gerne länger geblieben. Nancy liegt zwar an der nord-süd TGV-Strecke, aber nicht an der ost-west Verbindung. Mit einem kleinen Zubringerbus fuhren wir 35 min über die Autobahn nach Norden. Hier steht ein moderner Bahnhof mit großen Parkplätzen mitten im nichts. Es war erstaunlich viel los hier. Der Bahnsteig war voller Menschen, und auch der Zug war voll. Diesmal fuhren wir richtig schnell und in weniger als einer Stunde waren wir in „Champagne-Ardennes“. |
2001 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
Lorraine is one of the 26 regions of France. It is located south from Luxembourg and is one of the easternmost regions in the country. On the way from Luxembourg to Strasbourg we went through Metz. It is the capital of Lorraine and there are living 125000 people. Lorraine is bordering with three independent countries and it is only this kind region in France. The bordering countries are Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Lorraine’s second main town is Nancy. It is locating just in the middle of the region and it is almost same size with Metz. In Nancy there are three places on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are Place Stanislas, Place de la Carriere and Place d’Allience. So if somebody is collecting these, Nancy is good place to visit.|
1973 Apr by Jorge Sanchez
I spent only half a day in Nancy. I was in transit to Metz (city that I liked more than Nancy, in spite of not being a UNESCO site, especially for its stunning stained glass windows in its cathedral).
I walked down a street for about ten minutes from the railway station, and straight ahead I found the famous Stanislas Square, a really beautiful place with its buildings and forged iron decoration on its gates.
In that square are located the City Hall of Nancy (Hôtel de Ville), where the Tourist Office is located, The Opera Theater, a museum and a cafeteria with its terrace filled with tourist drinking beers.
The Arc of Triumph (that French call Arc Héré, name of its designer) was also pretty looking.
Stanislas was a Polish king of the Rzeczpospolita Confederation (Poland and Lithuania) that when he lost the throne ruled the Duchy of Lorraine. He was so loved by the natives that a plaque in the monument devoted to him in the middle of that square, says: to Stanislas, the Beneficent (le Bienfaisant).
Stanislas Square plus Place de la Carrière and Place d\\\\\\\'Alliance are a UNESCO site.
I managed to visit the three places during the time that I spent in Nancy.
Furthermore, I still had the opportunity to see the cathedral. Unfortunately it was closed. And not far from it I admired the monument devoted to Jeanne d’Arc, and at the end of the Grande Rue I saw the medieval and gorgeous Porte de la Craffe, with its twin towers, exhibiting the Cross of Lorraine.
After Besançon I spent half a day in Metz, and this is what I wrote about my visit:
I reached Metz by train.
The building of the railway station is listed as a Monument Historique, and showed friezes, stained glasses and capitals. It was built by the Germans in the twentieth century, but rather for military purposes.
When walking around Metz I noticed metal plaques on the floor, they were signs for the pilgrims going on foot to Santiago de Compostela en Spain.
The Tourist Office is located in the Cathedral Square. I went in and was given brochures and a plan of the city, for free.
The Cathedral of Saint -Étienne was a huge , gigantic work . I was impressed much more than Nancy Cathedral. In the brochures that I had just been given in the Office of Tourism was stated that the surface of the windows (6,500 m ) is the world\\\'s largest. Three of these windows were made in the twentieth century by the Russian-Jewish painter Marc Chagall (born in Vitebsk, Belarus today ) .
That cathedral reminded me that of Leon in Spain. Only for that cathedral the visit to Metz is justified. In fact, although Metz does not has a UNESCO Patrimony of the Humankind (as Nancy has) I liked more Metz than Nancy.
Nancy is situated on the banks of the Moselle River ( which flows into the Rhine). It is a city 3,000 years old and now has a population of about 120,000 inhabitants, more than Nancy. During my walk from the train station to the cathedral I saw what looked like a triumphal arch and actually was called Porte Serpenoise and it was an entry into the walled city of Metz in ancient times, rebuilt in the mid- century XIX. It looked more like a triumphal arch.
At the beginning of the pedestrian street I saw a replica of a Roman origin column decorated with statues dedicated to Apollo, Juno , Minerva and Hercules, plus several busts replicas which originals are housed in the \\\" Cour d\\\' Or\\\" Metz Museum.
The old part was called Village Taison, and where more time I spent, wondering and breathing the pleasant atmosphere.
It was Thursday , the day of couscous in France (as in Spain it is the paella ), and as it was lunch time, therefore I walked into an Algerian restaurant in Village Taison where I ordered the typical North African dish of couscous, which is based on semolina with chickpeas, carrots and vegetables with lamb .
I knew from the Tourist Office about the Pompidou Art Centre, but preferred to dedicate more time to my next stop : Thionville .
...................................The train journey between Metz and Thionville only took twenty minutes. The city has about 40.000 inhabitants.
The train station of Thionville was a few hundred meters from the center. I crossed the bridge of the Allies on the Moselle River and soon I arrived to the City Hall.
In front there was a bust dedicated to Robert Schuman, considered one of the \"fathers\" of the European Community, who had served as deputy in the department of Moselle. He was the Minister of Finance, Justice and Home Affairs during the Fourth French Republic.
That city hall was formerly a convent.
Just in that square I noticed a belfry, called La Tour zu Puces, converted into a museum that I visited.
The museum was interesting; was about the history of Thionville , which origins date back to the year 805, when it was founded by Charlemagne who, according to legend, would had spent one night in that tower .
When I left the museum, the friendly woman in charge advised me to visit the fort built on the orders of the Emperor Charles V, and thanks to the fortifications it withstood a siege commanded by the French in 1639. The Spanish soldiers captured Lieutenant General Manasses de Pas de Feuquières, who was wounded, dying a few months later.
When I located the Tourist Office I went in to gather information. The lady in charge informed me that Emperor Carlos V had slept in the town. He gave me a map and I painted an arrow showing me the place . The place where he spent the night was called COUR DU MERSCH.
I found the place, but presently there is a Mexican restaurant on its premises.
After that visit I returned to the train station and boarded a train to the city of Luxembourg. |