4 Bis Rue Des Ponts, Nancy, 54000, France
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Nancy quarters: Historic City Center
The historic city center is the 18th century area that includes Place Stanislas, Place d'Alliance and Place de la Carrière. This area has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in December 1983.
Here is the official description of the UNESCO:
"Nancy, the temporary residence of a king without a kingdom – Stanislas Leszczynski, later to become Duke of Lorraine – is paradoxically the oldest and most typical example of a modern capital where an enlightened monarch proved to be sensitive to the needs of the public. Built between 1752 and 1756 by a brilliant team led by the architect Héré, this was a carefully conceived project that succeeded in creating a capital that not only enhanced the sovereign's prestige but was also functional."
(quoted from http://whc.unesco.org Sitting on Place Stanislas, sipping an Orangina and feeling the first rain after 5 weeks!!!
St Georges Gate
Close to the cathedral and far from the old town, this door seems out of context, without any connection with the old ramparts. It seems that Victor Hugo had to help Émile Galé, to save it from destruction in the 19Th century.
These gates which are directly opposite Stanislas statue lead to Place Carriere, where some administrative buildings are. Fom there you can go to the left to see Notre Dam and old part of the town, of if you go to the right, you'll find yourself in the Park.
St Leon Church
I saw this impressive building in the street (when you are near of the railway station, the church is situated behind the station) and in my last day in the city I go there. Unfortunately I haven't information about the church except I was there during ceremony. So, just enjoy architectural style. It's situated just behind the railway station, rue St Leon
Enter the Ducal Chapel Next to the Church
The chapel was started in 1607 and was built in the style of the one in Florence for the Medicis but not as sumptuous. It contains seven cenotaphs of black marble that are decorated with gold which were made by a descendant of the local great sculptor Richier and the Italian Stabili. It has also been used for special funerals and wedding ceremonies.