Nancy is located on the banks of the River Meurthe in north-eastern France. A small fortified town named Nanciacum was built by Gerard, Duke of Lorraine around 1050 and was conquered by Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. It was 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.
The Place Stanislas, flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, Place de la Carrière, and Place d'Alliance in the city were added to the World Heritage Sites list in 1983. The old city centre dates from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and here you will find the cathedral of Nancy, the Triumphal Arch and other fine examples of 18th century architecture. Nancy eas home to a group of artists and architects who worked in the Art Nouveau style at the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The city has many Art Nouveau buildings (mostly banks or private homes) and collections of furniture, glassware, and other pieces of the decorative arts at the Musée de l'École de Nancy.
There is also the aquarium, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Iron History Museum and the Musée Lorrain amongst others.
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