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Nancy (Nanzig) is a city in the north-eastern French department of Meurthe-et-Moselle, and formerly the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, and then the French province of the same name. The city with about 104,000 inhabitants is the head of the department.
Place Stanislas, a large square built between March 1752 and November 1755 by Stanislaw I. to link the medieval old town of Nancy and the new town built under Charles III. in the 17th century, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“The market square and general trading centre in the Middle Ages, the fountain in the middle has a statue of Duke René II of Lorraine, who defeated Charles the bold, Duke of Burgundy, at the Battle of Nancy in 1477.

Built in the 19th century by Prosper Morey, Saint-Epvre’s Basilica is decorated with stained glass and wood panelling and was in-part made in Bavaria. It was richly endowed by Napoleon III, Emperor Franz-Joseph, Ludwig II of Bavaria and Pope Pius... who donated the beautiful stone paving in the choir that came from the Appian Way.
The Saint Epvre Church towers above one of the largest and busiest squares in the Old City. Until the end of the 19th century the square, with its fountain topped by a statue of Duke Rene II, was the site of the market. The present-day Basilica (it is not the cathedral) was built in the second half of the 19th century in the current gothic revival style. Among its generous donors were Napoleon III of France and the Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria. Much of the interior decoration was due to artists from numerous European countries.« (source: Nancy tourism)

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