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A few words about the triumphal arch of Nancy. When we hear about “Arc de Triomphe”, we immediately think about the grand Napoleonic arch at the top of Champs-Élysées in Paris. Across France, there is also a great number of small-scaled triumphal arches, such as in Nancy, Lorraine.


The triumphal arch of Nancy

The triumphal arch of Nancy was designed by architect Emmanuel Héré to honour King Louis XV. The French architect modelled it on the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. It is also known as “Arc Héré” in honour to its designer.

Arc Héré in Nancy © French Moments
The Arc Héré seen from Place de la Carrière © French Moments

The arch links Place Stanislas to Place de la Carrière and serves as an important landmark along the beautiful perspective created between the town-hall (Place Stanislas) and the Palais du Gouvernement (at the very end of the Place de la Carrière).

Christmas in Nancy © French Moments
The triumphal arch of Nancy © French Moments

The two squares along with the neighbouring Place d’Alliance has been listed on the World Heritage list of Unesco since 1983.


 

 

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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