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Coordinates: 48°41′37″N 6°11′05″E / 48.6936°N 6.1846°E / 48.6936; 6.1846

Commune of Nancy

Place Stanislas - Fountain of Amphitrite
Nancy is located in France
Country France
Region Lorraine
Department Meurthe-et-Moselle
Arrondissement Nancy
Intercommunality Greater Nancy
Mayor André Rossinot (Radical-UMP)
Elevation 188–353 m (617–1,158 ft)
(avg. 212 m/696 ft)
Land area1 15.01 km2 (5.80 sq mi)
Population2 105,400  (2005)
 - Density 7,022 /km2 (18,190 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 54395/ 54000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Nancy (French pronunciation: [nɑ̃si]; archaic German: Nanzig; Luxembourgish: Nanzeg) is a city in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France, and formerly the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, and then the French province of the same name.

The city is the head of the department. The metropolitan area of Nancy had a population of 410,509 inhabitants at the 1999 census, 103,602 of whom lived in the city of Nancy proper (105,100 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2004 estimates).

The motto of the city is Non inultus premor, Latin for "No one touches me with impunity" a reference to the thistle, which is a symbol of Lorraine.



The earliest signs of human settlement in the area date back to 800 BC. Early settlers were likely attracted by easily mined iron ore and a ford in the Meurthe River. A small fortified town named Nanciacum (Nancy) was built by Gerard, Duke of Lorraine around 1050.

Nancy was conquered by Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century, then rebuilt in stone over the next few centuries as it grew in importance as the Capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, was defeated and killed in the Battle of Nancy in 1477.

With the death of Duke Stanislas in 1766, the duchy became a French province and Nancy remained its capital.

As unrest surfaced within the French armed forces during the French Revolution, a full-scale mutiny took place in Nancy in later summer 1790. A few reliable units lay siege to the town and shot or imprisoned the mutineers.

In 1871, Nancy remained French when Prussia annexed Alsace-Lorraine. The flow of refugees reaching Nancy doubled its population in three decades. Artistic, academic, financial and industrial excellence fostered, setting what is still the Capital of Lorraine's trademark nowadays.

Nancy was freed from Nazi Germany by the U.S. Third Army in September 1944, during the Lorraine Campaign of World War II (see Battle of Nancy (1944)).

In 1988, Pope John Paul II visited Nancy. In 2005, French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerard Schröder and Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski inaugurated the renovated Place Stanislas.


The neighboring communes of Nancy are: Jarville-la-Malgrange, Laxou, Malzéville, Maxéville, Saint-Max, Tomblaine, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, and Villers-lès-Nancy.

Main sights

The Place Stanislas[1] named after the king of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and duke of Lorraine Stanisław Leszczyński, Place de la Carrière, and Place d'Alliance were added on the World Heritage Sites list by the UNESCO in 1983.

The "École de Nancy", a group of artists and architects founded by the glassmaster and furniture maker Émile Gallé, worked in the Art Nouveau style at the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. It was principally their work which made Nancy a centre of art and architecture that rivaled Paris and helped give the city the nickname "Capitale de l'Est." The city still possesses many Art Nouveau buildings (mostly banks or private homes). Furniture, glassware, and other pieces of the decorative arts are conserved at the Musée de l'École de Nancy, which is housed in the 1909 villa of Eugène Corbin, a Nancy businessman and supporter of the Art Nouveau there.

The old city centre's heritage dates from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. The cathedral of Nancy is a fine example of 18th century architecture. The surroundings of the train station are a busy commercial area.

There is also a major botanical garden in Nancy, the Jardin botanique du Montet. Other gardens of interest include the city's earliest botanical garden, the Jardin Dominique Alexandre Godron, and various other public gardens and places of interest including the Pépinière and Parc Sainte-Marie (public gardens).

There is also the aquarium, the Musée de l'École de Nancy, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée Lorrain amongst others.

A panoramic view of Place Stanislas


The city is known for this World Heritage buildings : The Place Stanislas (XVIII°) which was opened April 2005 by Jacques Chirac after refurbishment.

At the turn of the 20th century, Nancy was a major centre of the Art Nouveau with the school of Nancy. The city possess a unique and interesting Musée de l'École de Nancy (School of Nancy Museum) with artworks from Émile Gallé, Louis Majorelle, Daum crystal...

Nancy also possesses many museums :

The city is also the seat of the Diocese of Nancy and the home of the Opéra national de Lorraine.


Public transport in Nancy is provided by Service des Transports de l'Agglomération Nancéienne (STAN),[2] an operator in the Veolia Transport.

The most heavily used route, T1, is a so-called 'tramway on tyres', which is actually a guided busway based on Bombardier Transportation's Guided Light Transit (GLT) technology and using articulated trolleybuses. In addition to diesel buses, Nancy has been served by trolleybuses since 1982, but in 2000 the three-route trolleybus system was reconfigured into a single, longer route and with a surface guidance system added (GLT, or TVR in French). The guidance systems covers about two-thirds of the approximately 10-km route, and the trolleybuses are separated from other traffic over that portion of the route, speeding travel times. The guided-trolleybus service is called the Tram by STAN. During its first two years, the new system suffered many incidents and malfunctions of the guidance system, but now works without significant problems. STAN also operates around 20 conventional bus routes.

Universities and colleges

This is a list of institutions of higher learning in Nancy.


Nancy is home to two of the three professional sport clubs in Lorraine: AS Nancy-Lorraine in soccer and SLUC Nancy in basketball (the third one is FC Metz that is in 2nd French soccer league).

AS Nancy-Lorraine's Hall of Fame includes triple-Ballon d'Or and Uefa President Michel Platini, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, 1998 World Champion Aimé Jacquet, 2000 European Champion Roger Lemerre, 1998 African Ballon d'Or Mustapha Hadji, Irish legend Tony Cascarino, 1986 European Cup winner Sacha Zavarov and 1958 World Cup Semi-finalist Roger Piantoni.

AS Nancy-Lorraine won the French cup 1978 with captain Michel Platini who scored the only goal of the match (Nancy 1 - 0 Nice). More recently AS Nancy-Lorraine won the "Coupe de la Ligue" (French League Cup) in 2006 and reached the fourth place of the French soccer league in 2007/2008.

SLUC Nancy won the last Korac European Cup in 2002, reached the finals of French championship of basketball (Pro A) four consecutive time and finally won his first trophy in 2008. Also winner of "Semaine des As" in 2005 and champion of 2nd league (pro B) in 1994.

Nancy's guided busway, known as the 'tramway on tyres'
Place Stanislas - Arc Héré
Place Stanislas - Fountain of Neptune

Native sons and daughters

Nancy was the birthplace of:

Hometown of these fictional characters

Twin towns — Sister cities

Nancy is twinned with:


See also

External links

Art Nouveau-related links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : France : Lorraine : Nancy

Nancy [1] is a city in the Lorraine region of (eastern) France.

Get in

Major train lines include:

Get around

Nancy's bus and tram system could be useful for moving around Greater Nancy, that is between downtown Nancy and its suburbs, but the majority of attractions are in town and can be seen by foot.

On buses, you can buy tickets (1.20 €) directly from the driver, but if you take the tram you'll need to use the vending machines at each stop. If you'll be moving around Greater Nancy a lot you might consider visiting one of the many Tabacs and purchasing a "Pass 10" (8.20 €) or "Pass 20" (14.20 €).

Place Stanislas 2005

  • Place Stanislas - Town square, Stanislas statue pointing to the north, fountains and wrought iron gates in the two northern corners. Built by Stanislas, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland, in the 18th century. The surrounding buildings are all in a single, classic style, adding to the grandeur of the square.
  • The Tourism Office, where you can pick up handy maps and other information, is in a building on the southern side of Place Stanislas (facing the statue's back).
  • The Vieille Ville
  • La Porte de la Craffe, Grand Rue. 14th century gate at the edge of the Vieille Ville, with two towers giving it the look of a fairy-tale castle.
  • Art Nouveau "tour"
  • The Pepiniere - square park once used as a garden to grow trees for other parks/green areas in Nancy and the region. Now a pleasant and relaxing setting.
  • Place de la Carriere and Place d'Alliance together with Place Stanislas are a single entry on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Place de la Carriere is a tree-lined square with notable buildings around it. Place d'Alliance has a central fountain, modelled after those in Piazza Navona in Rome.
  • Arc de Triomphe, also known as the Arc Here after its architect, is located along the northern side of the Place Stanislas, leading to the Place de la Carriere. It was built at the same time as the Place Stanislas, in honor of King Louis XV.
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) 3 place Stanislas €6 or €4 for reduced price for students.
  • Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, 36 - 38 rue du Sergent Blandan (consider hopping on bus 134-135 if you are feeling particularly lazy). Art-nouveau Nancy school of architecture. 4.60 € (2.30 € reduced).
  • Musée Historique Lorrain (Museum of Lorraine History), 64 rue Grand Rue. 03 83 32 18 74. Closed on Tuesdays. Generally open from 10.00 to 18.00, but hours reduced in winter. History of the Lorraine region. (You might also want to check out the neighboring Musée des Arts et Traditions populaires.) 3.10 € (2.30 € reduced).
  • Opera, Place Stanislas
  • Nancy Jazz Pulsation October
  • The Cameo if you're in the mood to watch films in V.O


Bergamots, mirabelle stuff, macaroons

A couple of nice bookstores


Quiche Lorraine - quiche with little bacon bits-- is a local specialty. This can be found in any boulangerie/patisserie for roughly (2 €), but the better version can be found in restaurants. Kebaberies as well as small bakeries and delis can be found throughout the city.

The most obvious place to get a bite is the rue des Marechaux - lined with restaurants of all kinds. You'll find various French (surprise!), Chinese, Cuban and late-night snacks of varying quality.

At the covered market on Rue St. Dizier you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, a couple of butchers, a triperie, and one stand that sells fresh fish (and a pretty nice selection; you can even get Octopus!), plus a couple of small restaurants.

  • The Sushi Bar. Place Stanislas.
  • La Gavotte. Grand Rue. Crêpes.
  • Les Feuillants, 27, rue Gambetta (just off to the west of Place Stanislas), +33-383358133, [2]. Quite chic restaurant, with excellent food at a price I felt was rather acceptable. Only indoor seats. 35 Euro for a four course dinner menu (2008).  edit
  • Brasserie L'Excelsior, 50, rue Henri-Poincaré, [3]. A grand old restaurant, close to the train station, should be visited just for the interior decorations alone. Good food, though on the pricey side with 3 course meal for 30 Euros. Excellent wine list, and restaurant well known for its specialities such as its veal steak.  edit
  • Cafe Foy, Place Stanislas. A restaurant right on the square itself, with outside seating on the square or inside sitting on two levels. Brilliant location, great food, although a bit on the pricey side.  edit
  • La Petite Cuillere, 123 Grande Rue, +33 383 36 4316, [4]. A somewhat quirky restaurant with "traditional" french fare. Friendly staff who speak English, brilliant presentation and absolutely brilliant food. 3 course set menu at 24 Euros, 2 courses for 20 Euros. I have been to L'Excelsior and to Cafe Foy, and rate this restaurant as better than both.  edit


Nancy has its fair share of Irish pubs, wine bars, cafes, and other drinking establishments.

  • Le Ch'timi - St. Epvre. Specialty beers.
  • Le McCarthy - Open till 5.
  • Le Medieval - Live Irish music twice a month.
  • Le Cyrano, Grand Rue - wine bar (2-4€ a glass)
  • Le Lez'Art, Grand Rue - cafe with specialty teas
  • Opéra café, by the Pep - speciality/imported beers
  • Le Queen's Pub
  • Cabane des Brasseurs, near the covered market - brew their own beer
  • Blitz
  • Vertigo
  • Château de Rémicourt Hostel (Nancy's only IYHF hostel), 149 Rue de Vandoeuvre, 54600 Villers les Nancy (tram 1 or bus 122, 126, 134, 135), +33-383277367 (, fax: +33-383414135), [5]. EUR 14.20, breakfast included.  edit
  • Hotel Akena, 03 83 28 12 03. cheap, clean, don't expect any charm  edit
  • Hotel de Guise, 18, rue de Guise, [6]. A 2 star hotel, in the old town, close to major attractions. Used to be an old mansion, currently under refurbishment. Great rooms, filled with antique furniture, paintings and rugs.  edit
  • Hotel Mercure.  edit
  • Des Prélats, 56, pl. Mgr-Ruch (Almost part of the cathedral south east of Place Stanislas), +33383302020. Very nice looking mid-upper range 3 star hotel in the center of town. Around €120 a double (2008).  edit
  • Le Stanislas, 22, Rue Sainte Cathrine (just east of Place Stanislas), +33383372388, [7]. Cheap Hotel very near the main city attractions of Nancy, small but quiet room. Don't expect "charm". 50-55 Euro double room (2008).  edit
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Etymology 1

Medieval diminutive of Ann and Agnes.

Proper noun



Nancy (plural Nancys)

  1. A female given name.
  • 1792 Robert Burns: Ae Fond Kiss:
    I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy,
    Naething could resist my Nancy:
    But to see her was to love her;
    Love but her, and love forever.
  • 1913 Eleanor Porter: Pollyanna: Chapter 7:
    "And they've got lovely names, too. You'll like their names," sighed Nancy. "They're 'Algernon' and 'Florabelle' and 'Estelle'. I - I just hate Nancy!"
    "Oh, Nancy, what a dreadful thing to say! Why?"
    "Because it isn't pretty like the others. You see, I was the first baby, and mother hadn't begun ter read so many stories with the pretty names in them, then."

Etymology 2

Proper noun




  1. A city in NW France.


  • Anagrams of acnny
  • canny


Etymology 1

Proper noun


  1. A female given name borrowed from English.

Etymology 2

Proper noun


  1. Nancy ( the city ).

Simple English


Nancy is a city in the east of France in Lorraine. It has about 110,000 inhabitants. The city is the capital of the Meurthe et Moselle department.

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