Place Andre Maginot, Nancy, France, 2011 – Psychogeographical Portrait

Place Maginot attracted our attention in the first half hour of our visit to Nancy. Hotel we stayed in Nancy was located here. [highly recommended, really well concepted, hotel coeur-de-city - hearth of the city]. Second time I fell in love with this square was when I steeped on a balcony of our room [small photo right and long photo at the bottom].

Square is located at the begining of the pedestrianized area of the city and it has very long history. It was established in 1611 [400 years ago exactly!] as "the New Square" by Charles III.

The north side of the square was almost entirely occupied by the Premonstratensian Monastery of St. Joseph since 1759 which became protestant church in 1807. It was named in 1940 Place André Maginot. Andre was several times minister including minister of war, famous for the strong "Maginot line" of fortifications built from 1927 to 1936. This line was intended to prevent a German invasion of France. However, it left open the Franco-Belgian border, in which the armies passed in 1940.

Square today is used as a part of main shopping area end serves as a main connection between railway station, Place Stanislas and the old city of Nancy.

One very curious structure located on the square was asking for our attention. From the air it looked as something used for advertising but closer look reviled a real purpose for its existence. It is a public toilet , one simple small space for both sexes, no distinction. [see on the small photos right].

If you want to know what is happening on the square right now check it out!

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

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