France - Strasbourg: from Grande-île to Neustadt, a European urban scene

"Surrounded by two arms of the River Ill, the Grande Ile (Big Island) is the historic centre of the Alsatian capital. It has an outstanding complex of monuments within a fairly small area. The cathedral, the four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan – former residence of the prince-bishops – far from appearing as isolated monuments, form a district that is characteristic of a medieval town and illustrates Strasbourg's evolution from the 15th to the 18th century.

The initial property, inscribed in 1988 on the World Heritage List, was formed by the Grande-Île, the historic centre of Strasbourg, structured around the cathedral. The extension concerns the Neustadt, new town, designed and built under the German administration (1871-1918). The Neustadt draws the inspiration for its urban layout from the Haussmannian model, while adopting a Germanic architectural idiom for its edifices. This dual influence has enabled the creation of an urban space that is specific to Strasbourg, where the perspectives created around the cathedral open to a unified landscape around the rivers and canals." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Nice multi-view of Strasbourg. Thanks to Sissi of New Zealand who was visiting. Sent in May 2016.

Postcard 2
Strasbough is located near the German border. Nice stamps used including Turin Winter Olympic Games. Thanks to Marice.

Postcard 3
Imposing cathedral of Strasbourg. I also visited this famous cathedral. Thanks to Ing of New Zealand for mailing from Strasbourg.

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