Municipality of nearly 6,000 inhabitants, Commercy takes place in the Meuse, in the Grand Est region. It is located about forty kilometers from Nancy, thirty kilometers from Bar-le-Duc and about fifty kilometers from Verdun.
Located in the former Lorraine, Commercy was born as a city in the 9th century. Former imperial tax center, the town enjoyed a certain status and then housed an imperial palace. Passed from hands to hands over the centuries, it experienced an important economic boom in the nineteenth century with the arrival of the railway linking Paris to Strasbourg.
Today very touristy, the city of Commercy seduce the amateurs of old stones as well as the gastronomes. The town is known for its madeleine, culinary specialty born in the eighteenth century at the court of Stanislas, then Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland. It owes its name to the maid who invented it.
Also called Castle Stanislas, the castle of Commercy is now classified as Historic Monuments. Former residence of Louis XV's father-in-law, Stanislas Leszczynski, it dates from the 18th century. Always in excellent condition, the building presents a courtyard of honor framed by common and, in the extension, the main building with two wings in return of square. It now houses the services of the town hall, the municipal library and various administrations.
Walking through the town, you can admire other buildings classified as Historic Monuments, the old town hall, the priory of Breuil, the Malard pharmacy and its Nancy style schoolhouse, or Wynter Castle Mid-eighteenth century.
Do not miss the church of St. Pantaleon, or the street of the Jews and its houses with colorful facades. Various chapels of great interest also take place in the city, such as the Jeanne-d'Arc chapel, or the funerary chapel of the Marquise de Carcano built in the early 1920s.
The forest of Commercy is ideal for a walk with family or for outdoor activities. You can also see a 200 year old cormier classified as a remarkable tree and reaching 35 meters in height.
The municipal museum of Commercy is dedicated to ceramics and ivory. The site has the second collection of ivories from France and takes place in an Art Deco style building. Inside, one can admire the legacies of Dr. Boyer, also composed of ancient weapons, paintings or porcelains.
It is possible to visit several madeleine factories to discover the secrets of making the great culinary specialty of the city.
The Commercy market is held on Mondays and Fridays morning. The city also offers a Christmas market at St. Nicholas.
In March, the city hosts a carnival for a few days.
The Edge of the Scene Festival is held in June at the Museum of Ceramics and Ivory. You can discover a show for children, concerts or original tours of the site.
At the beginning of July, Stan will celebrate his Madeleine.
Every Saturday at 9 pm, Stanislas Castle hosts Summer at Stan with various concerts throughout the summer.
Fireworks and a ball are offered on July 13 to celebrate National Day.
Summer Festival Chez Stan
- From 6 july to 24 august 2019
- Cour du château Stanislas
- For its 10th edition, find again this year the program of the Summer at Stan in the courtyard of Château Stanislas. This festive time remains attached to its eclecticism with world music, rock, French song and jazz. Like every year, an outdoor cinema session is scheduled. - Saturday, July 6 2 pm: Stan celebrates his madeleine - Saturday, July 13 22h: Casamance (reggae) and fireworks - Saturday, July 20th 9pm: Mathieu Loigerot Quartet (jazz) - Saturday, July 27 9pm: Mad & Co (rock) - Saturday, August 3rd 9pm: Les Bêtises / Acorps de rue (french song) - Saturday, August 10 9pm: Archie Lee Hoker (blues) - Saturday, August 17: open air cinema at dusk - Saturday, August 24 9pm: The sound of Pink Floyd (rock).
Exhibition Materials and Objects
- From 6 july to 1 september 2019
- This summer, the Association "Treaty of Union" and the Cerfav (European Center for Research and Training in Glass Arts) team up to unveil a showcase of contemporary creation within the crafts through a selection of objects, made in single pieces or in limited series. The creators wished to present you their latest and most daring creations. They dust off the image of the crafts with original and innovative creations, reflections of the diversity, the wealth of their know-how and the variety of materials they implement. - The creators are: Fonderie Athanor, Géraldine Duriaux, Eri Maeda, Pei Chen Chang, Marianne Succord, Sylvie Demengeot, Yvan and Evel Jofa, Valerie Noel, Sandra Bretaudeau, Philippe No, Aline Thibault, Fabienne Schneider, Julie Antoine, Anais Chappron, Sophie Picard, Pierre Tiefenthal, Adelne Tillement, Christian Beuraud, Sophie Rénato, Younoussa Traoré.