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Nancy is nestled in the region of Lorraine, in the east of France. It is the capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle department as well as being the economic capital of Lorraine. It is very much a student city, with three major universities and over 47,000 students. Once the industrial and cultural powerhouse of north-east France, the city boasts a diverse architectural and cultural heritage, with parts of the historical city centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1050 a small fortified town named Nanciacum was built by the Duke of Lorraine. The city was burnt in 1218 at the War of Succession of Champagne and conquered by Emperor Frederick II before being rebuilt in stone. Over the next few centuries it grew in importance as the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. In 1871 the city remained French when Prussia annexed Alsace-Lorraine. The flow of refugees reaching Nancy doubled its population over the next few decades and artistic, academic, financial and industrial excellence started to flourish, establishing what is still the capital of Lorraine's trademark to this day.