Baroque Nancy: Place Stanislas

Baroque Nancy: Place Stanislas

Baroque splendor around the Place Stanislas

The former capital of Lorraine is worth a stay because of its magnificent baroque center, which it owes to the deposed Polish King Stanislaw I. He was made Duke of Lorraine by Ludwig XV after Ludwig had received it in exchange for Tuscany from the German emperor. Especially beautiful is the Place Stanislas with its 1751 splendor completely intact. The baroque style is added to nicely by some art nouveau buildings, that perfectly fit into the cityscape. In the surroundings of the town stands St-Nicolas-de-Port, a late gothic pilgrimage church with a relic of Saint Nicholas.

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Brasserie Excelsior

Splendid café from the belle époque

The Brasserie next to the railway station is one of the most splendid cafés of the Belle Époque. The hall measures 25 by 12 metres with a magnificent stucco ceiling and warm lighting. The world wars caused little damage thanks to the protection of the citizens of Nancy. Since an elaborate restoration in the 1980s, it has shone again in its old glory. The restaurant offers fine French cuisine. But you're also welcome if you only eat a quiche.

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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy

Outstanding art museum

The museum at Place Stanislas is one of the oldest museums in France. It was founded shortly after the French Revolution and showed confiscated objects from ecclesiastical and noble possessions. Today it houses works of art from the 14th century to the present day. The collection focuses on French, Italian and Dutch paintings, as well as glass objects from the École de Nancy, which developed a special Art Nouveau style at the beginning of the 20th century.

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