Tuesday, 16 May 2017

TRAVEL TUESDAY #79 - STRASBOURG, ALSACE

“When you move a border, suddenly life changes violently. I write about nationality.” - Alan Furst 

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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. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin département. The city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking, explaining the city’s Germanic name. In 2006, the city proper had 272,975 inhabitants and its urban community 467,375 inhabitants. With 638,670 inhabitants in 2006, Strasbourg’s metropolitan area (aire urbaine - only the part of the metropolitan area on French territory) is the ninth largest in France.

Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and its European Audiovisual Observatory) and the Eurocorps, as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. The city is the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine.

Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Great Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is fused into the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture.

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6 comments:

  1. Love these kinds of houses! It's probably the German sound of Srasbourg, I keep thinking it's in Germany instead of France! Great choice, and thanks for hosting:)

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  2. Thanks for the lovely photo of the house on the canal. It is quite picturesque.

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  3. That is beautiful - I'd love to go there

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  4. I loved my holiday in Strasbourg, because my husband speaks German and because we stayed with two very hospitable elderly ladies that described every place in their beloved city to visit. But you need a map to see why the city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking, sometimes as part of France and sometimes as part of Germany.
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/alsaces-french-and-german-history.html

    thanks for the link
    Hels

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  5. I don't know what is more stunning; the picture or the quote. Lot of meaning there. Love those houses along the river. Just gorgeous.

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  6. I love how Strasbourg combines both the French and German culture. It is a lovely place to visit.


    With Love,
    Mandy

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