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Nancy – UNESCO World Heritage Site

July 4, 2010

This arrived from a postcrossing friend in France. Here is what UNESCO has to say about this World Heritage Site.

Nancy, the temporary residence of a king without a kingdom – Stanislas Leszczynski, later to become Duke of Lorraine – is paradoxically the oldest and most typical example of a modern capital where an enlightened monarch proved to be sensitive to the needs of the public. Built between 1752 and 1756 by a brilliant team led by the architect Héré, this was a carefully conceived project that succeeded in creating a capital that not only enhanced the sovereign’s prestige but was also functional.

Wikipedia has a fascinating panoramic view.

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