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Place Stanislas, Nancy, France, 2011[open in full screen]  

 
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Before we booked a hotel in Nancy we didn't know much about this city, it was selected just for its location. Nancy is the capital of the French province of Lorraine, former Duchy of Lorraine. Until the death of Duke Stanislas in 1766 it was an independent duchy.

It turned out to be that former duchy of Lorraine is what it was most famous for.

  Place Stanislas [#01 on our map bellow] is one of the very few squares [actually the only other one, that I am aware of, is Campidoglio in Rome], designed by one person [in this case Emmanuel Héré de Corny - more about him in our psychogeographical portrait of the whole area].

All of the buildings were built at once between 1752 and 1755. A bronze statue of Louis XV stood in the middle of the square until it was removed during the French Revolution.

  In 1831 a bronze statue of Duke Stanislaw Leszczynski (Stanislas in French) was placed in the middle of the square. Since then it is known as the "Place Stanislas".

We can easily say that Nancy is city of urban squares and it deserves special page with our impression about an area around four squares marked on our map bellow. By selecting a next square make a quick tour true them and then proceed to the whole big picture.

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