One of the most beautiful squares in the world
Pedestrianized in 2005, Place Stanislas, in the heart of Nancy, counts among the most beautiful squares in the world. Along with neighbouring Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, it forms a harmonious ensemble, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
Stanislas Leszczynski, a former king of Poland who was to become the last Duke of Lorraine, ordered the construction, in the 18th century, of this square, in honour of his son-in-law, King Louis XV of France. The square covers over a hectare and is an architectural gem, mixing neoclassical style in the buildings and Baroque style in the wrought-iron gates decorated with gold leaf, from which the city’s French nickname derive, of ‘the town with the golden gates’.