Americain Hotel Nancy
Place Andre Maginot, Nancy, Lorraine, 54000, France
More about Nancy
Delacroix - Battle of Nancy
Next to the Place Stanislas
Travel Tips for Nancy
The city is obliged to the Polish king Stanislav Leschinsky with its present position and the most beautiful architecture. He was elected in Warsaw as the Polish king under pressure of the Swedish king Charles XII.
Later Stanislav and Charles went to Poltava to search the union with Malorussia (present Ukrain) against Moscow. As Stanislav with Charles in this business succeeded quite a little (they were crushed by Russian armies near Poltava!), both of them also appeared without their kingdoms.
Charles "was lucky" to die, and the former king Stanislav long knocked about in searches of a haven across Europe, He managed to marry his daughter off to juvenile Lui XVth... Lui was often sick because of the hereditary illnesses connected with incest and the Polish princess has had by the way...
They really miss their old currency!
Coming from Germany I know how difficult it is to change from your native currency to the European currency EURO, but well, quite a few countries had to get used to that! I found it quite amusing, though, to see how much the French still stick to their former Franc:
we did see the most obscure price tags, like 3,27 € - something that must convert into 10 FF or 13,88 € (which once was probably around 40 FF) instead of the usual 4,99 € or 20 € or so!
The funniest thing that struck me was the way that parking meters were "converted" into Euro measures: since there were no odd money measures possible, they did it the other way around and charged an even amount of Euro for a very specific amount of time: 30 cents for 29 minutes or 1,50 € for 1 h 56 minutes!!!
The centre of town shows two different areas: the perfect geometry of Stanislas square and its surroundings, and the narrow streets of the medieval quarter. Close to each other, it's easy to visit both areas in a single day.
ON UNESCO'S WORLD HERITAGE LIST.......
How strange (&unfair) that history often is more generous to ROYAL PATRONS than to artists.......However, Stanislas I, the last of the great DUKES of LORRAINE and a legendary patron of the arts, didn't overshadow the great TALENTS of his period.
Together they gave NANCY its great SQUARES (Place Stanislas, Place de la Carri?re and Place d'Alliance).
Emmanuel H?r?, talented architect, designed the fa?ades with a precision that is a HYMN to HARMONY.
The wrought-iron railings were designed by JEAN LAMOUR and edged with goldleaf.
Guibal sculpted the FOUNTAINS OF NEPTUNE & AMPHITRITE and wine flowed from them on their inauguration day in November 1755.
Place Stanislas now counts as one of Europe's finest public squares.
Lively, warm & colourful it attracts visitors from all over the world!
There are more artists who have contributed to Nancy's enviable architectural heritage e.g. CYFFL?, who sculpted with Guibal to create the ROCOCO central Fountain and let's not forget Jean Girardet.
The masterful works in stone, bronze, wrought-iron and paint achieved perfection in NANCY......
If you visit the Fine Arts museum (and you should) look at the end of the first floor, near the stairs to the basement, for a discreet door, with a sign allowing the entrance of only one person.
Inside you will find a curious combination of lights, mirrors and water, with a psychedelic result. Funny!
I hope that it is a permanent element!