Theater of Lunéville
canton=Chief town of 2 cantons
communes du Lunévillois
Lunéville is a commune in the French "région" of Lorraine. It is a "
sous-préfecture" of the Meurthe-et-Moselle"département". Population (1999): 20,200. It is located in northeastern France on the Meurthe River.
Treaty of Lunévillewas signed there on February 9, 1801between the French Republicand the Austrian Empire by Count Ludwig von Cobenzl, and Joseph Bonaparte. Lunéville was "the place to be" in the XVIII century, all the great philosophers were there, and it was the place where the duke of Lorrainelived. The town was also the home of painter Georges de La Tourfor much of his career.
The most important tourist attraction is the ducal château which suffered serious damage when a fire broke out in January 2003. Lunéville is also known for its
faïenceindustry. An 18th century palace here, a residence of Stanislaus I, was damaged during World War II. The synagoguewas built in 1786 thanks to Louis XVI’s express permission. The first to be built in France since the 13th Century, it was classed as a Historic Monument in 1980.
Lunéville was the birthplace of :
Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, 1712
Jean Bastien-Thiry, 1927
* [http://www.luneville.fr Official website] (in French)
* [http://www.manufacture-luneville.com/ Manufacture de faïence de Lunéville]
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