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    Fine Arts Museum

    by solopes Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    Right in the Stanislas Square, this museum has a good collection of classical art, with some modern works.

    Truly "smashing", for my taste, is a painting of Emile Fryant, from the beginning of last century that... you have to look. It lives...

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    Stanislas Square

    by solopes Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    Nancy's top attraction, Stanislas Square, is... perfect.

    Impossible to catch in a photo, the architectural harmony of the square and the richness of the details demand a personal observation. I had the privilege twice!

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    Villa Majorelle

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    A Portuguese that we met in Vannes-le-Chatel, advised us that we should try to visit this house.

    We went there, but unfortunately, it was not opened to the public, demanding a previous booking (See the details in the site École de Nancy).

    We appreciated it from outside, and realized that it is mainly a symbol, because, all around it, there are many other beautiful samples of Nancy School of Art.

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    Nancy Shool Museum

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    Searching for Majorelle Villa we went to this museum, before opening time.

    We couldn't wait, and didn't enter, but, with the whole Nancy being an open museum, I'm curious: what else did they put inside? If you visit it just let me know!

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    Government Palace

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    The old residence of the governors of Lorraine, was a palace from the 18th century, that seems to close the square of La Carriere, when you enter from Stanislas square.

    Closed to visit (?), when you approach, you may notice that it makes part of an independent complex, facing a large round area delimited by some arches, named De Gaulle square.

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    Light Effects

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    If you visit the Fine Arts museum (and you should do it, of course!) 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 this is a permanent element!

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    Porte de la Craffe

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    The most remarkable building in the old quarter is this medieval door, once a prison.

    I don't know why, but the door is much more beautiful from inside than from outside, the same happening to Stanislas door.

    This gateway into Nancy was built at the end of the 14th century as part of the walls that protected the town. The towers flanking the gate were added on at the end of the 15th century to be used as prisons. There's a small lantern from the 17th century above the gate that contained a bell used to ring the hours of the day, and to call the population for public executions.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    The cathedral was... a disappointment.

    In a very beautiful town, the word to describe the first impression of the cathedral was... dirt. Only the grids, matching the style of Stanislas square gates, oppose that negative sensation.

    Inside, things are different, and Rococo details are present in the Neo Classic and Baroque styles, mixed in the construction.

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    Heré's Arch

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    The triumphal arch with the architect's name was built with Stanislas square, honoring Louis XV, and connects Stanislas and La Carrière squares.

    Enhancing the perfect geometry of the squares, it frames the central part of both dominant buildings in each square - City Hall and Governor's palace.

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    Maginot Square

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    This beautiful square near the train station, is the start of the most commercial area, and, with other motifs, it is the place to the BNP Paribas, one of the best examples of "Art Nouveau" and the school of Nancy.

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    La Carriere Square

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    Right beside Stanislas Square, this other square, respecting the geometry of the 18th century is... ugly! I mean, both extremes are beautiful with Herè's arch connecting with Stanislas Square, and the harmonious Charles de Gaulle square at the other, but the middle is wide and... empty!

    I think that something is missing there.

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    Art Nouveau

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    Nancy is a case study, and a showcase of the best in Art Nouveau.

    All over the city is possible to see several examples, respected by the volumes of the adjacent buildings, as a signal of modern respect for the city's history and art.

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    Old City

    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    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.

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    Musee de la Ecole de Nancy

    by Dabs Updated Oct 8, 2013

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    I had to juggle our plans around a little when I discovered that this museum was closed on Monday and Tuesday so we ended up in Nancy on a Wednesday. The Museum is not right in the center of town but the tourism office had given us a self guided art nouveau walk that led to the Museum so we meandered over to it.

    The visit is self guided and has many rooms decorated with beautiful art nouveau furnishings.

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    Art Nouveau walking tours

    by Dabs Written Sep 9, 2013

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    We picked up a brochure from the tourism office that detailed four art nouveau walking tours of Nancy, the more interesting examples are located a bit outside of the center. We visited most of the sites on the walking tours, we started through central Nancy and walked to the Musee de l'ecole de Nancy stopping by some of itinerary 4 on the way over, itinerary 3 after we visited the museum and itinerary 2 after that.

    I thought #35 Villa Majorelle was one that someone who enjoys art nouveau would particularly like and also all of itinerary 2, Parc de Saurupt, was a must see. Have lunch or dinner at Brasserie Excelsior if your budget extends that far, otherwise I'm sure they have people poking their heads in for a look all the time without eating there.

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