Have you ever heard of a King without a Kingdom? Well, today you learn about Stanislas Leszczynski, the king of without a Kingdom. He resided in a place called Nancy that was built in 1752 to 1756 under an architect known as Héré. The carefully conceived plan comprised of 3 squares built with artistic talent befitting a royal residence.

The king without Kingdom - France

Have you ever heard of a King without a Kingdom? Well, today you learn about Stanislas Leszczynski, the king of without a Kingdom. He resided in a place called Nancy that was built in 1752 to 1756 under an architect known as Héré. The carefully conceived plan comprised of 3 squares built with artistic talent befitting a royal residence.

I know you are wondering how Stanislas Leszczynski came to be a king wiothout a kingdom. Here is the story: In the 17th century, Stanislas Leszczynski was the unhappy pretender to the Polish throne. Since he was father in law to the French king Loius XV, he would be given royal residence in Nancy. Also, to avoid going to war, he would abdicate the Polish Throne and for this, he was named the Duke of Lorraine for life. It is during his reign from 1737 to 1766 that the Old Town was linked to the New Town by organizing their junctures around a double axis. The east-west axis was bounded by Portes Sainte-Catherine and Stanislas while the north south was bounded by Ducal Palace and the new urban center, with its Place Royale dedicated to Louis XV, the present Place Stanislas

To add to the allure of the town, the prestigious architecture of Nancy features triumphal arches, statues, fountains 3 squares, a town hall, courts of law, palais des Fermes, botanical gardens, public gardens and many more.

The center was decorated with a bronze statue of Louis XV in the uniform of a Roman general. Unfortunately, the statue and other allegorical figures disappeared during the French Revolution of the 1851. A new statue of Stanislas was erected in its place

Another intriguing feature of the town is the Alliance Square, which was formerly known as the Saint Stanislas Square. It features a Baroque Fountain that was made by one of the town’s foremost architect, Cyffle. The fountain is a symbol of the unity of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and France in 1756.

The interesting story behind this UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is enough to make you visit the town. Its beautiful architecture is an even better reason to visit it!

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