Life in Nancy-Metz
As the historic capital of the Dukes of Lorraine, Nancy has a rich history. Stanislas Leczcynski (Stanislas I) established his court in Nancy and made it one of the most splendid cities in Europe. Today it is a dynamic cultural and commercial center. The city’s administrative, industrial and high technology sectors have spearheaded growth within the entire Lorraine region.
With more than 55 000 students and 3 500 professors and researchers, the University of Lorraine attracts students and researchers from around the world. European and international cooperation programs form an integral part of the life and academic programs.
Situated in the center of town, ICN is the Business School of the city of Nancy and the University of Lorraine. It is a member of the prestigious French “Chapter of Schools of Management of the Conference of the Grandes Ecoles” and a member of ECRICOME (a group of Business Schools which employ the same rigorous entrance examination standards). In 2007, ICN became an EQUIS accredited school. ICN is consistently ranked among the top Business Schools in France.
Nancy is situated: 100 km from Luxembourg, 100 km from Germany, 150 km from Strasbourg, 300 km from Brussels.
Do not hesitate to visit the "Leisure section" to discover the life in Nancy and in ICN!
Duke Stanislas redeveloped the area linking the old and new towns of Nancy, building his three famous squares (places in French) on the esplanade that had replaced part of the city’s ramparts. From north to south they are the Place de la Carrière, Place Royale (today’s Place Stanislas) and Place d'Alliance, the last two being raised in honour of King Louis XV, the son-in-law of Duke Stanislas, former King of Poland.
UNESCO drew up its first World Heritage List thirty years ago. It now includes 370 sites and monuments all over the world. More than 20 sites in France have been awarded this honour. The magnificent 18thC group of buildings in Nancy has been on the list since December 1983 when it was chosen as being of “truly outstanding interest and representing universal values".
This refers to the town which expanded rapidly in the Middle Ages around the Duke’s castle. In the 16thC the most modern defensive walls and bastions of the period were built to protect it. Nothing remains of them today except for a small part of the walls discovered during the renovation of the Fine Arts Museum. The extensive restoration work carried out over the last 15 years makes it one of the high points of Nancy’s heritage.
Founded by Duke Charles III in 1588, with its streets all at right angles the New Town has a totally different layout to the Old. It has its own market square and a famous parish church: the Primatial (today’s Cathedral). It was in a position to rival the Old Town as it even had its own independent fortifications. The New Town is in the process of being restored today.
For further information on Historic City Center, visit the Tourism Office.
© Photos Credit : City of Nancy