"Nancy - General view" France Things to Do Tip by speed4turtles

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  General view
by speed4turtles

Nancy, in the northeast corner of France, was the capital of old Lorraine. The city was built around a fortified castle on a rock in the swampland near the Meurthe River. The canal a few blocks east of the historic center connects the Marne to the Rhine. It once rivaled Paris as the center for Art Nouveau.

The city is serenely beautiful, with a historic tradition, cuisine, and architecture all its own. It has three faces: the medieval alleys and towers around the old Palais Ducal where Charles II received Joan of Arc, the rococo golden gates and fountains, and the dull modern sections with their university and industry.

With a population of 100,000, Nancy remains the hub of commerce and politics in Lorraine. The seat of a large university, it's a center of mining, engineering, metallurgy, and finance. Its 30,000 students, who have a passion for le cool jazz, keep Nancy jumping at night.


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  • Updated Aug 25, 2003
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