Place Stanislas, Nancy, France, 2011 – Psychogeographical Portrait

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 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 - his statue is on the small photo right]. 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". Hôtel de Ville, centered on this magnificent square, and the Hôtel du Government – the seat of city government and the seat of ducal government face one another as complements through a series of rational, symmetrical, yet varied urban spaces unequaled in Europe at the time.

Few other buildings around the square, where today opera and the museum of applied arts are located, are completing this urban space. Together with the connected Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, Place Stanislas has been on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1983.

A massive restoration, inspired by the original 18th century plans, was finished and inaugurated in may 2005 to mark its 250th anniversary.

History well preserved, appreciated and used in today's world, what else we can expect for heritage urban spaces. This space of course, deserves much more attention. Small photos right and bellow are hopefully bringing little more "spirit of this space" together with next three adjacent spaces around the main square.

On the map at the bottom all the squares in Nancy, part of this psychogeographical walk, are marked with links to each of them.

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sociability
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ceremonial
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uses & activities
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religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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tourist value
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with park
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total
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