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Lunéville

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Meurthe-et-Moselle

Lunéville - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Meurthe-et-Moselle
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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.

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Lunéville

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.

Things to see and do

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.

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Events and festivities

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
In Search of Lost Ducks - Mapping 1
Uncle Vanya Theater
Wedding Show
Concert Ensemble Musaik
Leopoldine hh Trio Theater
Fun Fair
Exhibition of Postcard
Grasse fair
The 10th Night of Light Gardens

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