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Pont-à-Mousson

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

Pont-à-Mousson - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Meurthe-et-Moselle
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The fourth biggest town in Meurthe-et-Moselle, Pont-à-Mousson is named after the Mousson hill that overlooks it, where its feudal castle once stood, and the bridge (pont in French) that provided access to it.

Attached to the Duchy of Lorraine in the 15th century, the town developed in the 17th century with the creation of a University that soon became famous across Europe before being transferred to Nancy. Pont-à-Mousson witnessed and was a victim of the great conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries, several times occupied, damaged and bombed. Today the town is an internationally renowned industrial and commercial centre: it is the world centre for ductile iron piping and halogen lighting.

Close to its historic centre, by the Moselle, stands the Premonstratensian abbey, built in the 18th century. Now a cultural centre, this Baroque building was destroyed several times and became a hospital during the 1870 war. It is now a Historic Monument.

Two beautiful Gothic churches are worth a visit: St. Martin's, from the 12th century, on the right bank of the Moselle, the official church of the University of Lorraine before its transfer, featuring a magnificent 15th-century Entombment; and St. Laurent's on the left bank, with its 16th-century altarpiece of the Passion by Philippe de Gueldre.

To learn about the town's history, especially its university period, head to Au fil du papier, a paper museum in the Monnaie mansion. With its collection of papier mâché objects, this unusual museum has a room devoted to the region's foundries, as well as an area about print-making in Pont-à-Mousson.

Pont-à-Mousson is best explored on foot: unmissable sights include its triangular Place Duroc, with its Renaissance arcade houses, and the landscaped walks in the parks, along the banks of the Moselle and on Esch Island.

The colourful cultural season in Pont-à-Mousson includes major events such as the Estivales with its free concerts; the Médiévales on Esch Island every two years, alternating with a street performance event; the Mousson d'été and Mousson d'hiver, celebrating contemporary creativity, etc.

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Pont-à-Mousson

Pont-à-Mousson the heart of Lorraine, is a living and dynamic commercial and industrial center. Pont-à-Mousson is currently the 4th largest city in Meurthe-et-Moselle. Capital of Canton, it is also a commercial and industrial hub of international reputation; is the world center of ductile iron pipe and halogen lighting.

A Pont-à-Mousson, you can see the Abbey, home of the seven deadly sins in the square, and walk by the water.

History: The town takes its name from the Hill Moussson, which dominates and bridge that provides access to it. Its real founder was Thibaut II (1239-1291), Count of Bar and Mousson, which by building a castle on the left bank, it attracted people from the surrounding villages. In 1431 Pont-à-Mousson was united to the Duchy of Lorraine. But it is in the following century that the city would acquire a European reputation. In 1572, in fact, Cardinal Charles de Lorraine founded a university. In the seventeenth century, the University of Pont-à-Mousson grew rapidly to count up to 2000 students from all European countries. In 1768, the University was moved to Nancy and the city retained a college and a renowned military school. Destroyed during the war of 30 years, occupied in 1814, touched in 1870, bombed in 1914, it was damaged again in 1944, before being released by the first US Army General Patton.

Altitude 180 m - 300 km from Paris - Access Highway Nancy-Metz - Thionville connected to all European motorways - Railway metrolor between Metz and Nancy - Airport Louvigny 10 minutes - Lorraine TGV station at 10 min.

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View of the church of Saint-Martin
View of the church of Saint-Martin
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Virtual Premonstratensian abbey
Virtual Premonstratensian abbey
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Nearby, you can visit Liverdun, a beautiful village that lends itself to strolling to get lost and a wander at the mercy of discoveries.

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