The 18th century triumphal arch of Nancy

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A few words about Nancy‘s triumphal arch. 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 are also a great number of small-scaled triumphal arches, such as in Nancy, Lorraine.


Nancy‘s triumphal arch was designed by 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.

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).

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


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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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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.

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