Theater, whose archway gives access to the château gardens.

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 48°35′22″N 6°30′06″E / 48.5894°N 6.5017°E / 48.5894; 6.5017Coordinates: 48°35′22″N 6°30′06″E / 48.5894°N 6.5017°E / 48.5894; 6.5017
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meurthe-et-Moselle
Arrondissement Lunéville
Intercommunality Lunévillois
  Mayor (2008-) Jacques Lamblain
Area1 16.34 km2 (6.31 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 20,505
  Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 54329 / 54300

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lunéville (French pronunciation: [] ; German, obsolete:  Lünstadt ) is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in France.

It is a subprefecture of the department and lies on the Meurthe River at its confluence with the Vezouze.


Église Saint-Jacques in Lunéville, established by Stanislaus I of Poland in 1745.

Lunéville was a renowned resort in the 18th century, known as the capital of Lorraine. The grand Château de Lunéville, built in 1702 for Leopold, Duke of Lorraine to replace an older palace, was the residence of the duke of Lorraine until the duchy was annexed by France in 1766. The château was designed in the style of Versailles to satisfy Leopold's wife, Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, the niece of Louis XIV, and became known as the "Versailles of Lorraine". It includes a chapel designed by Germain Boffrand. Leopold and his wife were the parents of Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (through him they were the grandparents of Marie Antoinette).

The last duke of Lorraine was Stanislaus I, the former king of Poland. A devout catholic, author, and philanthropist, Stanislaus had a church built and several follies in his gardens for the amusement and education of visiting Polish nobility and followers of the Enlightenment. The more famous visitors to his court were Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, André Morellet, and Montesquieu. After the death of his father-in-law in 1766, Louis XV of France annexed the duchy and turned the castle into a barracks, but much of the original construction has survived, and what remains is open to the public and the château's intricate parterre gardens, designed by Yves Hours (a pupil of André Le Nôtre) in 1711 and Louis de Nesle in 1724, are a public park today.

It was over the nearby Fôret de Parroy, directly east of Lunéville, only some 11 months after the breakout of World War I that the first aerial victory by a fighter aircraft armed with a synchronized machine gun occurred on July 1, 1915, as Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the German Fliegertruppe forced down an Aeronautique Militaire Morane-Saulnier L parasol monoplane. Neither member of the French aircrew was seriously wounded, while the French aircraft's Gnome Lambda engine received multiple hits to disable the aircraft.[1][2]

Treaty house

The Treaty of Lunéville was signed in the "Treaty house", one of the houses built up against the château gardens of Luneville on 9 February 1801 between the French Republic and the Austrian Empire by Count Ludwig von Cobenzl, and Joseph Bonaparte.

Another treaty, signed in Germany, was the Treaty of Frankfurt (1871), which made Luneville into a border town attracting the best and the brightest of the Alsace and Moselle regions who relocated to keep their French nationality. A new period of economic prosperity known as the Belle Époque restored some of the glory of Stanislas's ducal court of the eighteenth century.


Luneville faience was made famous for its widely copied collectable figurines mostly designed by Paul-Louis Cyfflé. This group dates to 1770-1780, collection Sèvres museum

Lunéville faience, a kind of unglazed faience produced from 1723 at Lunéville by Jacques Chambrette, became the Manufacture Royale du Roi de Pologne (“Royal Factory of the King of Poland”) after Stanislaus sponsored it in 1749. The earthenware first became famous for its detailed figurines and in the 20th century for its art deco designs, and still exists today as "Terres d'Est".[3]

In 1858 the glass factory of Croismare was built. It became famous when the Müller brothers settled there in 1897 and began creating Art Deco glass designs.

Louis Ferry-Bonnechaux discovered a technique using beads and sequins on embroidery in 1865. His craft was widely copied and became known as "Luneville point" and its heritage can still be seen in modern haute couture.

A subsidiary of the Dietrich company, Lorraine-Dietrich moved to Luneville after the 1871 treaty of Frankfurt. Today it is known for its trailers, but it started off as a manufacturer of cars and railway equipment.

Notable people

Lunéville was the birthplace of :

And the Daughter Of Emille Du Chatelet

See also


  1. Grosz, Peter M., Windsock Datafile No. 91, Fokker E.I/II, Albatros Publications, Ltd. 2002. ISBN No. 1-902207-46-7.
  2. Sands, Jeffrey, "The Forgotten Ace, Ltn. Kurt Wintgens and his War Letters", Cross & Cockade USA, Summer 1985.
  3. Website Luneville faience
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