Attractions in Lorraine

Lorraine is situated in the Grand Est region of France. Lorraine has two cities of equal importance, Metz and Nancy. Metz is considered to be the official capital since that is where the regional parliament is situated.

Lorraine is the only French region to have borders with three other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. It also borders the French regions of Franche-Comté, Champagne-Ardenne and Alsace. Champagne-Ardenne and Alsace together with Lorraine have now merged to become Grand Est.

See also: Cities in Lorraine

Attractions

Metz Cathedral. Saint Etienne de Metz is a Gothic, Catholic cathedral on the city of Metz, capital of Lorraine, France. The cathedral is sometimes nicknamed ‘The Good Lord’s lantern’ -: la lanterne du Bon Dieu, due to its vast stained glass windows.

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Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region which is now part of the Grand Est region of France. Metz has a rich 3,000 year history. The city has been steeped in Romance culture, but has been strongly influenced by Germanic culture due to its location and history.

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Douaumont Ossuary

The village of Douaumont was destroyed during World War I. Today the Douaumont Ossuary, which contains the remains of more than 100,000 unknown soldiers of both French and German nationalities found on the battlefield, stands high above the landscape.

Douaumont Ossuary

Verdun

Verdun is a small fortified city in the Meuse department in Grand Est in northeastern France set in a valley and surrounded by trees and forest. The River Meuse runs through the city and branches off into smaller canals. The fortification of Verdun was the work of Marshal Vauban who is responsible for many other great buildings and city walls around France.

Verdun

Musée Lorrain. Opened in 1850, the Musée Lorrain now has 4500 m2 of exhibition space, distributed over several remarkable sites in the heart of Old Town: – The Ducal Palace built by the Dukes of Lorraine and its gatehouse, one of the first witnesses of the Renaissance in the East of France – Le Couvent des Cordeliers and the Church of the sixteenth century, in the crypt where lie the graves of the family of Lorraine

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The Château de Lunéville which had belonged to the Dukes of Lorraine since the thirteenth century, was rebuilt as “the Versailles of Lorraine” by Duke Léopold from 1703 to 1723, from designs of Pierre Bourdict and Nicolas Dorbay and then of the architect Germain Boffrand, whose masterwork it became. Lunéville was classified a Monument historique in 1901

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Gare de Metz-Ville is the main railway station serving the city Metz, capital of Lorraine, France. Sometimes qualified as Train Station Palace as it displays the apartments of German Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Metz train station is registered as a historic monument since January 15, 1975.

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The Place Stanislas, known colloquially as the place Stan’, is a large pedestrianized square in Nancy, Lorraine, France. Since 1983, the architectural ensemble comprising the Place Stanislas and the extension of its axis, the Place de la Carrière and Place d’Alliance, has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Petit collin is a toy brand. Today, the company is the last French factory of Swimmers, Poupons and traditional dolls still operating. It still manufactures the plastic version of the Small Swimmer Petit Colin, production of which began around 1924-26.

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