Strasbourg – Grande île

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Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. The city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking, explaining the city’s Germanic name.

Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. One of the most beautiful areas there is Petite-France (the postcard above). It is located on the Grande Île (Main Island), where the river Ill splits up into a number of canals and cascades through a small area of medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings. In the Middle Ages, the Petite-France was the tanning-houses and slaughterhouses area.

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Continuing on from the Petite France area we come to the Covered Bridges. These have kept their name despite the fact that they lost their roofs back on the 18th century. They are overlooked by four towers dating from the 14th century, which are the remains of the former ramparts that once guaranteed the independence of the former Strasbourg Republic.

Those cards came from Joro who made quite the euro trip last summer. 🙂

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