Petit Futé's opinion on PLACE STANISLAS
Recently elected as the French people's favorite monument (2021), Place Stanislas is ranked among the most beautiful squares in the world. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and vibrates throughout the seasons with numerous cultural events, such as concerts, ecological events with the ephemeral and thematic garden each year or its huge 150-meter high Christmas tree, illuminating the square year after year during the end of year celebrations. Built between 1751 and 1755 under the direction of architect Emmanuel Héré, at the request of Stanislas Leszczynski, former King of Poland, then Duke of Lorraine, it was intended to glorify and honor the King of France, Louis XV, who was also Stanislas' father-in-law since he was married to his daughter, Marie Leszczynski. The square is surrounded by golden gates designed by Jean Lamour and fountains with cherubs. At the time of its construction, one could admire the statue of Louis XV placed in the center of the square. This was replaced in 1831 by the statue of Stanislas, considered to be the benefactor of the city of Nancy. He resolutely built a square worthy of the Age of Enlightenment and furiously reminiscent of the layout of the Palace of Versailles with its numerous fountains surrounding the square, but also inspired by the layout of the Palace of Lunéville, Stanislas' residence. On one side, one can admire the old castle, which today houses the town hall, mirroring the Governor's Palace, which can be seen through the Héré arch bordering the Place de la Carrière, which hosts the annual Livre sur la Place.
All around the Place Stanislas, magnificent buildings with pure 18th century architecture now house the Fine Arts Museum, the Lorraine Opera House and the well-known Hôtel de la Reine. With the construction of the square, Stanislas not only reunited the old city with the new one, but also allowed the gathering of his people on this magnificent square and in the park of the Pépinière adjacent to the square, which has remained to this day the cradle of many cultural events and meetings of walkers in search of greenery. The Place Stanislas, familiarly called "Place Stan" by the locals, remains to this day an essential world heritage site to visit and is the pride of the city of golden gates.
Numerous restaurants and cafés grace the square as well as the ever increasing number of visitors.
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