Épinal

Épinal
/ay pee nannl"/, n.
a city in and the capital of Vosges, in NE France. 42,810.

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France
      town, capital of the Vosges département, Lorraine région, northeastern France, on the Moselle River, south-southeast of Nancy. The town, located on two arms of the Moselle, is divided into four parts. The town proper, known as the grande ville (“large town”), or vieille ville (“old town”), stands on the right bank of the main river. The petite ville (“little town”) is on an island between the two branches. On the left bank of the smaller branch, called the Canal des Grands Moulins, stands the Quartier de la Gare (“Station Quarter”), divided by the railway line from the Quartier de Chantraine to the west. The town lies between forests to the west and lush meadows to the east.

      The Place des Vosges in the grande ville has preserved its ancient arcades and some old houses. Nearby stands the basilica of Saint-Maurice, parts of which date from the 11th century. The town originally developed around a 10th-century monastery. It passed to Charles VII, king of France from 1422 to 1461, and was then ceded to the dukes of Lorraine in 1465. It was incorporated into France in 1766. The town became famous in the 18th and 19th centuries for making coloured picture prints, and the museum houses a collection of them. In the 20th century Épinal became a centre for the manufacture of cotton goods, rubber, paper, and synthetic fibres. The town is also a centre of administrative and commercial services that cater to the population of much of southern Lorraine. Pop. (1999) city, 35,794; (2005 est.) 35,100.

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