Nancy, the golden city

City of art and history, Nancy’s rich and diverse heritage can be surprising. Founded during the Middle Ages, the city possesses many Renaissance mansions and the Dukes’ Palace which add to the charm of the Old Town. In the XVIIIth century, the Polish king, Stanislas Leszczynski, had many architecturally noteworthy buildings built, which are now classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Thus, Stanislas Square came into being, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.

 

In 2005, Stanislas Square has celebrated its 250th anniversary. Renovated and embellished, this pedestrian royal square shall see its original spirit revived during a year of celebrations and lights throughout the many important, intense events that are designed to carry it into the future. Fifty or more international events are scheduled: exhibitions, concerts, street acts, illuminations, urban events, public orders, colloquia, films, showings, etc., and Nancy will host thousands of visitors from Lorraine, France and the world over.

 

But Nancy is also the place where Art Nouveau emerged at the beginning of the XXth century, thus placing it amongst the grand European capitals of this major artistic current. Nature is alive everywhere you look, colourfully resplendent in the architecture, cabinets, glasswork, ironwork and ceramics.

 

The new part of town, including the Notre Dame of Bonsecours Church, the central market and shop owners will also participate in the Ducal City’s ongoing festivities. Numerous local culinary specialties like Bergamot, macaroons, duchesses, mirabelles, etc. also contribute to Nancy’s art de vivre.

 

Nearby, the city of Metz with its cathedral, the XVIth century Saint-Nicolas-du-Port Basilica, the Baccarat Crystallerie, and its military architecture are well worth a visit.

 

Ask for transglobe ‘s program for a “Weekend in Nancy”, and discover Stanislas Square, its Art Nouveau heritage including the Majorelle Villa, the Daum collection and the Art Nouveau Museum, as well as the Art Nouveau itinerary through the city which includes visits to the Excelsior Brasserie, the new town, an evening at the Opera and an excursion to Baccarat. If you decide to visit in July, you will also have the chance to see more than 900 balloons at the World Hot Air Balloon event in Chambley.

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