Wonder Type: Cultural
Best of: Square
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.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Place Stanislas", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.