Built in the 18th century on the site of an old feudal castle, Lunéville Castle was the residence of Stanislas Leszczynski, Duke of Lorraine. Restored after a terrible fire that took place in 2003, this historic monument, known as the Lorraine Versailles, and its park form one of the finest architectural and landscape ensembles of the Enlightenment period.
The Church of St. James, with its remarkable organ, the Church of St. Joan of Arc with its impressive stained glass windows, the 18th-century synagogue and the contemporary Church of St. Leopold are examples of its religious heritage.
As well as its architectural treasures, Lunéville is also renowned for its faience pottery and embroidery. You can't visit Lunéville without passing by the Embroidery Conservatory: the town created the beaded embroidery scattered with sequins that was embraced by the fashion world in the Art Nouveau period and the 1920s. The same goes for the museum about faience pottery, another of the town's glories since the 17th century. It has superb collections of pottery from Lunéville, Saint-Clément, Sarreguemines and Delft.
The Abbot's Garden, an 18th-century kitchen garden where vegetables and aromatic plants are still grown, is lively all summer long with classical music concerts and contemporary art exhibitions.
Commune of the Grand-Est, located in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lunéville takes place some thirty kilometers from Nancy, and about fifty kilometers from Saint-Die-des-Vosges. Installed in Lorraine, it is today known to shelter a castle nicknamed the Lorraine Versailles.
Ancient small agricultural village and hunting rendezvous, Lunéville begins its development from the tenth century with the construction of a first castle. Formerly the property of German princes, the commune is seen to pass into the hands of the duchy of Lorraine in the thirteenth century. Former princely capital of Lorraine, notably in the eighteenth century, it is also illustrated as a royal manufacture of earthenware, as well as for its embroidery used in certain workshops Haute-Couture.
Lunéville still has an important architectural heritage that testifies to its rich past and the presence of many sovereigns in this charming town. Gastronomy lovers will be delighted to taste a baba with rum or a Stanislas bread.
Nicknamed the Lorraine Versailles, the castle of Lunéville was built in the middle of the 18th century. It was a high place during the reigns of Leopold I and Stanislas Leszczynski, the father-in-law of Louis XV. It was classified as a Historic Monument in the late 1990s. Part of it was destroyed in 2003 after a fire, which is the subject of numerous works and still today opens its rooms restored to the public. Inside, it is possible to admire the Palatine chapel now used for concerts or conferences, the room of the guards, the vaulted rooms of the basement or even the beautiful south staircase reminds that of the castle of Maisons-Laffitte. Outside, after the courts of honor and common, green spaces are not lacking. You can walk in the small park of groves that surround the numerous French gardens. There are four statues of Barthélémy Guibal, vestiges of the great hours of the castle, Flore, Apollo treading a dragon, Diane accompanied by a greyhound and La Nuit.
Also built in the 18th century, the Chateau de la Favorite is also worth a visit. Classified as Historic Monuments, it was built in its time for the last son of Leopold I, Charles-Alexandre de Lorraine. Remodeled in the 19th century, it still has a stucco salon on two levels and a very pretty vestibule showing the figure of Charles-Alexandre de Lorraine.
Be sure to admire the town hall of Lunéville, which is currently housed in the old buildings of the Saint-Remy abbey of the 18th century. Right next door, the church, renamed the Saint-Jacques church, reveals a mixture of classical and rococo style, with towers reminiscent of the architecture of Central Europe.
Several religious buildings take place in Lunéville, outside the church of Saint-Jacques, like the church of Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, the first dedicated to the saint in France. Built in the 20th century, it is listed in the Monuments Historiques for its architecture evoking the fortified castles of the Middle Ages. Inside, some twenty stained glass windows are the largest Johannine complex in the world. You can also discover the churches Saint-Maur and Saint-Léopold or the former Benedictine priory of Ménil which today serves as a private school. The synagogue, from the 18th century, was the first built in France since the Middle Ages. It is now classified as a Historic Monument.
As you walk through Lunéville, you can admire the remains of the ancient medieval ramparts, the White Tower, as well as the city's Italian theater.
Built in the 18th century, the house of the Marchand is also classified to the Historic Monuments. It reveals in particular a facade of classical style in pink sandstone of the Vosges.
Not far from the castle, a conservatory of embroidery makes it possible to discover the history of this technique in Lunéville and to admire very beautiful old and modern works.
The markets are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A traditional and festive Christmas market is held every year in December.
Between March and April, the FACTO festival highlights the cross-arts and the original theater with various live shows.
The equestrian encounters of Lunéville are held in June in the castle. On the program, shows, performances or animations for the youngest.
On the program of the festival P'Art'age, between June and July, a craft market, exhibitions, shows, concerts and various animations.
Animations take place throughout the summer at the castle of Lunéville, including a spectacle of sound and light.
Every year on July 13, the city celebrates the National Day with a military parade, a popular ball or a fireworks display.
In September, the Potimarron festival is held in the castle of Lunéville, featuring entertainment for young and old, floral stands and tastings.
The festival of breeding is held every year at the park of the Bosquets, in September.
The Last Giants
- On 23 january 2020
- 37 rue de Lorraine, Théâtre de la Méridienne
- During a walk on the docks, Archibald Leopold Ruthmore, a scholar of the 19th century, bought a covered giant tooth strange engravings. By examining the prints, he deciphers what looks like a geographical map, map of the "land of the giants." He left immediately in search of the mysterious and distant people. Thus began many discoveries...
In Search of Lost Ducks - Mapping 1
- On 30 january 2020
- 37 rue de Lorraine, Théâtre de la Méridienne
- In September 2008, NASA loose ninety yellow plastic ducks in an Arctic glacier to measure the speed of global warming. Expected a few weeks later in Disco Bay in Greenland, ducks never reappear. Where the ducks go? Are they prisoners of the glacier? Are they out already? Ducks do not they hold the key to the upheavals of the world?
Uncle Vanya Theater
- On 7 february 2020
- 37 Rue de Lorraine, Théatre de la Meridienne
- The old professor Serebryakov came to retire to the countryside, in the house of his first wife. This arrival disrupts the peaceful life of Sonia, the daughter of the teacher, and Uncle Vanya, which together exploit somehow the field. Especially as the close attention, including that of Vanya, Yelena crystallizes soon on the second and very desirable wife Serebryakov.
- From 8 to 9 february 2020
- Place Léopold, Salon des Halles
- Come to the Wedding Fair organized by the Office of the Halles Lunévillois Trade Fair with the presence of 20 exhibitors and 2 shows daily. - To help you plan your wedding, you can meet various providers: photographer, caterer, hairdresser, beautician, pastry chef, host, marquees hire, jeweler, tour operator, costume seller and wedding dresses, etc... - Open Saturday from 14h to 19h Sunday from 10h to 18h. Free entry. Refreshments on site.
Concert Ensemble Musaik
- On 9 february 2020
- 4 rue Viox, Eglise Sant-Léopold
- Concert Musaïk together holding its annual concert on Sunday, February 9 at 15h at St. Leopold Church. - With the participation of all copper Iridescent School of Music Vittel. Free entry. Infos +33 6 61 96 43 65 or email@example.com.
Leopoldine hh Trio Theater
- On 14 february 2020
- 37 Rue de Lorraine, Théâtre de la Méridienne
- Singer, musician and actress, sparkling Leopoldina HH has more than one string to his bow. A native of Alsace, it has Luneville Blumen Im Topf, his first multi-award winning album composed from literary texts. An inventive musical gluttony and pleasing to listen without moderation!
- From 15 february to 1 march 2020
- Place des Carmes
- Cotton candy, churros, duck fishing... Enjoy classic fairs await visitors. During school holidays or after a trip to oily fair, spend some time with family and friends Place des Carmelites. Note: Half-price on Wednesdays. Info at +33 220.127.116.11.75.
Exhibition of Postcard
- On 23 february 2020
- 2 cours de Verdun, Le Réservoir
- The Cartophile Club invites you to attend the Postcard Salon and multi-collections tank with fifty exhibitors: postcard, stamp collecting, book, collection, currency... For the event, the club has edited 6 postcards representative events in Luneville, which will be sold on site. Admission: € 2.
- On 24 february 2020
- Organized on the eve of Mardi Gras, the football club Luneville Fair Grasse persisted since 1417 and annually hosts more than 200 hawkers and stalls set up in the streets of the old town and around Luneville castle: sale of traditional sausages Lotharingian and resplendent bouquets of mimosas. This is the 603 th edition organized by the FCL. Registration and information at +33 18.104.22.168.68.
The 10th Night of Light Gardens
- On 29 february 2020
- Parc des Bosquets du Château des Lumières, Place de la 2ème Division de Cavalerie
- For the 10th Night of Lights Gardens, the Company's Grown Ups traverse the aisles of the garden of the castle with its strange Allebrilles. Among other proposals bright to discover... Free admission - Luneville Castle Garden - All information from the Chateau of Luneville in Luneville +33 3.83.76.04.75 or on the Castle website: http://www.chateauluneville.meurthe-et-moselle.fr