Place Vaudémont, Nancy, France, 2011 – Psychogeographical Portrait

Most of the time when I am planing to visit a city for the first time I do little research in advance. Internet is obviously these days best bet but I like to consult other recourses. I have significant collection of books - historical, architecture, urban issues. I also very much liked tourist guides, especially DK eyewitness travel guides. I was prepared to some degree for the previous square, place stanislas but nothing prepared me for this one and the next. now I know that they are all together under UNESCO protection since 1983 and very rightfully so. brand new 256 years old square that's how they look. very rear sight, masterfully restored but not only structurally. Area is still very active and used with obvious passion and admiration by both locals and visitors. Jacques Callout, baroque printmaker, born in Nancy, famous for etchings that chronicled the life at the period of planning this square, is eternalized in the fountain main sculpture visible in the panorama.

To the left and right are busts of the Israël Silvestre end Ferdinand de Saint Urbain, also printmakers. When you see their achievements more undrstandabe is a reason for them being imortalized [last photo bellow is etching from 1852].

This space is designed as transitional square to connect Place Stanislas true the Architect Emanuelle Here Archway to the older historic part of the Nancy.

This older part is reminding me to the French historic films movie sets. [small photos right and bellow], am I right?

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

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sociability
8
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
9
religious
x
access & linkages
8
social
x
comfort
10
residential
x
image
9
court yard or traffic circle
x
tourist value
10
with park
x
total
54
street, shopping
x
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