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Place Stanislas in Nancy is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful square in the world. A superb location to sit down with an espresso!

This magnificent square was built between 1752 and 1756 on the orders of Stanisław Leszczyński, the former Polish monarch who in the autumn of his life became Duke of Lorraine...after his daughter had married the French king. The cunning French plan was that after his death Lorraine would become part of France.

The square is one of oldest and finest examples of an architecturally consistent and monumental public square, and is an excellent example of 18th-century urban architecture.rnrnSince 1983, the architectural ensemble comprising Place Stanislas, the extension of its axis, the Place de la Carrière and the Place d'Alliance, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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In this picture the central statue of the duke dons the Ukrainian flag as a sign of solidary with and tribute to the suffering of the Ukranian people.

PS: Come to think of it, although the Piazza d'Italia in Trieste comes close, this is indeed my favourite square!

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