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    The Pepiniere Park

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    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.

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    Old Town

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    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.

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    Zoo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 14, 2012

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    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.

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    Sacre Coeur Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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.

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    St Georges Gate

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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.

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    San Sebastian church

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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.

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    Protestant Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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!).

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    Stanislas Door

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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.

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    Domremy: this...

    by nighthawk Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Domremy: this idyllically-located spot is one of the most famous sites in Lorraine, for it was here that Joan of Arc, later St. Joan, was born in 1412. Many sights commemorate the life and influence of this French heroine.
    One of the highlights of a visit is the house where Joan of Arc was born, which gives an authentic impression of a 15th-century farmer’s residence.
    Joan’s brief life and the historical situation of the time are accurately depicted in the tiny museum.
    The neighbouring church contains the 12th-century font at which she was baptised.
    The Bois Chenu was where the 13-year-old Joan heard the voices that informed her of her political mission.
    The neo-Gothic Basilique nationale du Bois-Chenu, built between 1891 and 1926, is now a much-visited place of pilgrimage.

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    Parc de la Pépinière

    by Kristina1701 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The following is the original explanation of the flower mosaic :

    Les progrès du 20e siècle

    La mosaïque florale est l'art d'utiliser les végétaux pour composer des motifs précis. Son origine vient très probablement des parterres de broderie végétale des jardins de la Renaissance.

    Cette mosaïque de l'an 2000 présente quelques avancées marquantes du siècle qui s'achève : la conquête de l'espace, l'électricité, le téléphone, l'aviation, l'environnement, l'atome, la mécanique et l'automobile. Sa composition a nécessité plus de 4000 plantes.

    L'entretien, le nettoyage et la taille des plantes, ont lieu tous les 10 jours afin de maintenir la qualité visuelle des motifs.

    The progress of the 20th century

    The flower mosaic is the art to utilise the vegetation in order to compose precise motifs / pictures. It probably has its origin in the flower beds of the plant-embroidery of the botanical gardens of the Renaissance.

    This mosaic of the year 2000 presents some striking advances of this century which is about to end: the conquest of space, electricity, the telephone, aviation, the environment, the atom, mechanics and the automobile. More than 4000 plants were needed for its composition.

    The preservation, the cleaning and the 'styling' of the plants takes place every 10th day in order to maintain the visual quality of the motif / picture.

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    every year, in beginn of july,...

    by BlueFox Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    every year, in beginn of july, there is a big flight in in epinal mirecourt. with a lot of self build aircrafts, different flight shows, and a big spare part market, it is a great meeting for the flight enthusiast. put also non pilot will see allot of interesting stuff.

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    Walk Past Art Nouveau Architecture in Nancy

    by hquittner Written May 30, 2010
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    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.

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    There Are Several Art Nouveau Banks

    by hquittner Written May 30, 2010

    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.

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    Train Tour

    by Willmuzik Written Aug 12, 2007
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    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.

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    Saint-Leon Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013
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    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.

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