Culture & heritage

Heritage: reflecting Lorraine’s soul
Legacies of yesterday and today, Lorraine’s heritage is both rich and varied: Art Nouveau, contemporary art, Renaissance, fortified churches, cathedrals, castles, listed towns and villages… These territories and structures bear witness to Lorraine’s glorious past as well as to its inventiveness. The sites open their doors to pass on their history, and some are transformed into museums or works of art.

Centre Pompidou-Metz, avril 2010 © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe et Jean de Gastines Architectes, avec Philip Gumuchdjian pour la conception du projet lauréat du concours/ Metz Métropole / Centre Pompidou-Metz / Photo Roland Halbe
Ville de Nancy
Michel Petit

Journey to the heart of architecture

Contemporary art and bold creations, Art Nouveau inspired by nature, UNESCO heritage, Renaissance works, Gallo-Roman relics… Lorraine’s amazingly diverse architecture is worth the trip.


Renewal of industrial sites

Proud of its industrial identity, Lorraine has given a second life to the sites that forged its reputation. The U4 blast furnace has become a work of art. Mining sites invite visitors to discover the daily lives of the miners. Elsewhere, brownfields are transformed into extraordinary gardens.

C. Lévêque ADAGP / Photo : O. Dancy
M. Schulten
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Bertrand Jamot/Lorraine Tourisme
Ben Mankin/FrenchEntrée
M. Laurent

Military remembrance: confronting the memories

The history of Lorraine is closely linked to several conflicts including the Franco-Prussian War and World Wars I and II. Lorraine is an open-air, living history book with citadels, forts, the Verdun battlefield, remembrance sites, the Maginot Line and Vauban fortifications.

UNESCO World Heritage


In Nancy, Place Stanislas was built in the 18th century by Emmanuel Héré at the request of Stanislaw Leszczynski, duke of Lorraine. A link between the Old and New Towns, the royal square was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, along with Carrière and Alliance squares.

UNESCO World Heritage


Vauban, Louis XIV’s engineer, began creating a hexagon-shaped fortress in Longwy in 1679. The site was an expression of his concept of the ideal town and was among the 12 Vauban fortifications inscribed in 2008 as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

When culture breaks bread

Unique heritage dinners

Take a unique place. Exceptionally open it to the public. Invite a chef, his team and his talent. Set the stage and invite your guests to sit down to eat. A perfect recipe for culture, delicacies and magical instants!