There are formal gates in the four directions leading into what is today called La Place Stanislas. this is the one we used to get to the Place.
When people talk about the eastern part of France, territory long disputed with Germany called Alsace and Lorraine, you often hear about Strasburg which is a wonderful city. Christian's sister, however, lives in Nancy so it is here that we spent four lovely days in early June. We did some walking around and wanted to share some of the things we found. King Stanislaw (Stanislas in French) of Poland (1677 – 1766) was also the Duke of Lorraine and had an imposing castle in Nancy. It looks like he favored Versailles in the gilding of decorations here and in the style of the gardens of Luneville Castle where he died. My camera was over-exposing so the details are not as superb as in person, but you will get the idea. Another castle of the Dukes of Lorraine in Nancy is from an earlier period and festooned with fabulous gargoyles. The nearby church has a wonderful gilded angel,
Nancy is also well known for glassworks and the Art-Deco style. The bank Credit-Lyonnais has a wonderful building (circa 1920) that looks very simple on the outside but is decorated with wonderful stained glass on the inside. I especially like that it is
Atop the Porte Stanislas is this lovely angel. I wish I had taken Latin as the sign is intriguing: terror, culture, love? I must be missing something.
still the original bank and functions as such today
While we were visiting the national legislative elections were taking place and there were large posters arranged near polling places. I took a picture of one that amused me. My rough translation goes like this: “Do you want to DIE SOONER? Then vote left or vote right. If not, vote for the limited (no?) growth party.” The hand written note adds: “Do you want more pollution, more noise, more cancer? Then vote for candidates promoting growth (and the list includes all of the main parties from the extreme right to the center).
Hope you enjoy this little peek into the lovely things we saw during our stop in Nancy.
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