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Eglise des Cordeliers, Nancy

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  • A nice 18th c. church with a baroque interior and 3 gothic altarpieces. Includes an unusual 3D carved last supper scene. 
    A nice 18th c. church with a baroque interior and 3 gothic altarpieces. Includes an unusual 3D carved last supper scene.  more »
  • We lingered for a while to read all of the information in this complex historic and religious display. It is quite a museum set in this little chapel. 
    We lingered for a while to read all of the information in this complex historic and religious display. It is quite a museum set in this little chapel.  more »
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  • It was an unusual church for me because it was a museum/necropolis. There was a lot of cool old nobility’s tombs from the region, The Dukes of Lorraine. I also loved the main stain glass which shines beautiful orange/red/blue colors. The cupola is absolutely beautiful.
  • This is one mighty place to visit as it's a tour-de-force of both architectural design, historical significance and a royal tomb and cenotaphs of all the dukes of Lorraine, ancestors of the Habsburg-Lorraine family except for François Etienne de Lorraine (was Emperor of the Holy Empire) who is buried in the Habsburg necropolis in Vienna, Austria. Right next door to the palace of the Dukes of Lorraine, with its chapel of the former convent contains the royal tombs. The exterior is sober in design of Gothic and Renaissance style and inside is made up of one long nave with collateral chapels housing several funeral urns of certain dukes of Lorraine. There's so much to explore here, from the ceiling frescoes to the altarpiece, and most impressive of all for me is the Notre Dame de Lorette chapel which is the funeral chapel of the Dukes of Lorraine. It's free to enter, as part of the Musée Lorraine inside Palais des Ducs de Lorraine. This is a must visit museum inside a historic church that forever ties with the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty. On a trivial note, it was temporarily used as a parish church when the Basilica of Saint Epvre was almost in ruin. Also, Otto of Habsburg-Lorraine married Regina of Saxe-Meiningen in the Chapel of the Cordeliers in 1951 and returned in 2001 to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in the same chapel. Suitable for all ages. It's wheelchair friendly and kids should most certainly be encouraged to visit (accompanied of course). I don't think there's a public convenience inside.

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