Where is Nancy in France?
Nancy, the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine, is world-famous for its 18th-century architectural ensemble, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983: including the Place Stanislas, the Place de la Carrière and the Place d’Alliance.
For 1,000 years, Nancy has been a setting for the changing fortunes of European and French history. This position has shaped Nancy into a capital with magnificent buildings and a humanistic spirit that evokes the pride of its inhabitants and the admiration of its visitors.
In the 11th century, the Lorraine Duke Gerhard of Alsace decided to create a stage here on his journey from Metz to Saint-Nicolas-de-Port. Despite natural difficulties (in a basin with floods and swamps), he had a fortified village spot built in today’s St-Epvre district. Nancy was born.
The second act of foundation took place several centuries later, when in the winter of 1477 the history of Europe underwent a significant upheaval in Nancy. The Lorraine and Burgundy people fought a battle in the city, which affected the inhabitants so much that they had to burn the roofs of their dwellings to keep warm. Nancy was destroyed in this tragic battle, but the duchy was saved, independence was gained, and the city became aware of its identity. The Duke René II gave Nancy a new impetus. Suburbs appeared on the outskirts of the city. Through strategic alliances, the city entered the field of forces of European politics.
in 1752, the construction of the Place Stanislas was started, which was to be erected in honor of the French king Louis XV, son-in-law of the former Polish king Stanilas, Duke of Lorraine. After the death of Stanisla, the square was renamed in his honor.
The Place de la Carrière was built in the middle of the 16th century and replaced the medieval city walls. Its name goes back to its importance as a venue for equestrian tournaments and competitions. The third part of the UNESCO ensemble, the Place d’Alliance, was built on the Ducal vegetable gardens. In the middle of the square there is a Baroque fountain by the sculptor Cyfflé, which was originally intended for the semicircle of the Carrière. It symbolizes the Holy Alliance between Austria-Hungary and France and gave the square its current name.
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