Having been satiated with architectural sights of Nancy I came into a small zoo. Lovely and trustful animals allowed me to have a superb rest before the next excursion.
You can watch my 1 min 18 sec Video Nancy Zoo out of my Youtube channel.
Out of our plans, this church peeping over Majorelle Villa's shoulder, attracted us by its exotic look.
We visited it and discovered that it is a new (100 years old) Roman-Byzantine church, inspired in the Sacre-Coeur in Paris.
Large, with a nice interior with great stained glasses.
Integrated in a modern quarter, this baroque church of the 18th century faces a popular market, showing a different look of the city, closer to the common European cities.
Built in 1593 the church suffered several transformations, the hardest one during the revolution, when it was transformed in a warehouse for straw. Returning to religious use in 1801, it keeps the Baroque style from the works in the 18th century.
Confusing, is what I can say.
Looking Roman, in the decoration, I cannot connect this door from the 18th century to Stanislas.
My fault, of course!
In the way to/from the train station, evidencing the signs of the intense traffic that crosses it, it doesn´t make justice to what is expecting you at the end of the street.
Once, twice, you pass in front of this cafe, repeating the same thought: "nice building".
Then, you read something telling you that it is one of the most distinguishable samples of the school of Nancy.
The third time, you look again, and update the thought: "Very nice building".
If you decide to enter, you may have a drink or a meal (expensive) or just to appreciate the decoration.
The canal that serves Nancy is not only a useful resource, but also a garnished spot.
Boats and flowers fill and surround the water, in a discreet but nice harmony, with the bridge as a good sightseeing point.
A discreet statue near the train station, in Place of Republique, calls our attention, with a golden heart atop a pile of iron hearts, clearly reproducing the style of the iron works in Stanislas square.
It invites us to read, and doing that I found that it is a work of the artist Jorge Orta, created in 2002, to celebrate a convention of organ donors.
Close to the train station two high towers called our attention.
They belong to the Neo-gothic church of Saint-Leon, built in the 19th century and dedicated to the bishop of Toul, who became Pope Leon IX.
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.
In Maginot Square, surrounded by some good examples of Nancy's art nouveau, there's an interesting temple, identified as "protestant". I don't know its story, but it's funny to notice in its facade the niches created to hold images of the saints, left... empty, as a result of the protestant concepts (I think!).
No doubt, we are facing an "adoption" of a catholic temple (I think, again!).
Most of the Art Nouveau Architecture in Nancy is buildings either originally built as as banks or later converted to that use. Be sure to notice the fanciful iron work and stone decoration. Most of the buildings are concentrated in a small area.
There are very few places where Art Nouveau was created by more than a single artist or two. One of these places was Nancy over the 1890-1910 period. The most significant work was done in glasswork by people like Emile Galle (1846-1904) and the cabinet maker Louis Majorelle. At the same time there was one of the most distinguished companies making high quality glass objects for general consumption at work in Nancy associated with the various artists. Another aspect of this work was the creation of interesting architecture in the Art Nouveau style following along the lines of people like Gaudi in Barcelona. One of these is the Excelsior restaurant. Another example is a the BNP bank.
Right outside the Place Stanislas and through the Arc De Triomphe there is a small little train that takes you on a 45- minute tour of the old part of Nancy. It looks and runs a lot like the trams at Walt Disney World. There are headphones on the train that have guided tour information in every 11 or 12 different languages (including English) and it is 6 Euros per person, and kids 10 and under are free. It's money well spent, and you learn so much about the history of Nancy and there's just enough cool stuff on it that it's great for kids too.
This refers to the town which expanded rapidly in the Middle Ages around the Duke’s castle. In the XVIth the most modern defensive walls and bastions of the period were built to protect it.
Nothing remains of them today except for a small part of the walls discovered during the renovation of the Fine Arts Museum. The extensive restoration work carried out over the last 15 years makes it one of the high points of Nancy’s heritage.
Nancy is a city of parks and gardens, quite naturally, as part of its long horticultural tradition.
It is a pleasure to walk through these green and verdant areas that bring to life many great periods in Nancy’s past; enjoyable, very varied and surprising visits for all.
In 1765, Stanislas gave orders for royal plant nurseries to be laid out along the city’s ramparts. Originally created to raise trees to be planted along the main roads in Lorraine, it consists of 16 beds. In 1835 the royal nurseries were transformed into a public park, but the original layout was retained.