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Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau

The artistic movement Art Nouveau flourished in Nancy and across Europe from the late 19th century, its influence is particularly visible in Nancy architecture.

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Be charmed by Nancy

Be charmed by Nancy

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Charles III Square

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Charles III Square

Charles III Square

Now at the centre of the Nancy Grand Coeur Station eco-district, this historic square has marked the heart of the New Town since the 17th century.

Conceived by the powerful Duke Charles III in 1587, the herculean work on the New Town lasted 30 years. The square now known as Place Charles III (formerly Place de l’Hotell@remove-this.hotel de Ville) was, even in those times, a thriving commercial centre. Duke Leopold added one of the region’s most beautiful 18th century religious buildings – the Baroque-inspired Saint Sébastien church, designed by architect and native of the city, Jean Nicolas Jennesson (1686-1755). The church is open during the week and on Saturdays.

In around 1750, when Stanislas briefly considered erecting his Place Royale on the site, such was the indignation of the town councillors and shopkeepers that he was obliged to reconsider the project. The Place Royale finally found a new location in the area between the Old and New towns, a compromise that suited everyone.

In 1850 a large food market, the Marché Central, was built between the square and the Rue Saint Dizier shopping street, modelled on the Pavillons Baltard in Paris. Much later a clothes market was established in the square, by this time renamed Place Henri Mengin (after the mayor of Nancy from 1914 to 1925). Since 1970, the Saint Sébastien shopping centre (comprising 105 shops), along the east side of the square has been one of the city’s busiest commercial areas.

The Central Market has recently undergone a complete renovation and the clothes market now extends along the side roads leading off from the square, leaving the central area free. The renovated and repaved square, with lighting by the designer Patrick Rimoux, internationally feted for his work in Paris, Brussels and Taiwan, has once again regained its original symbolic and strategic dimension.

Renamed once more, the square now bears the name of the New Town’s founder, Duke Charles III. This large, airy square, lined with shops, restaurants, markets and the Saint Sébastien shopping centre is the thriving heart of the New Town.

 
 
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