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Strasbourg (, French: [stʁazbuʁ, stʁas-]; Alsatian: Strossburi [ˈʃd̥ʁɔːsb̥uʁi]; German: Straßburg [ˈʃtʁaːsbʊɐ̯k]) is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin department. In 2014, the city proper had 276,170 inhabitants and both the Eurométropole de Strasbourg (Greater Strasbourg) and the Arrondissement of Strasbourg had 484,157 inhabitants. Strasbourg's metropolitan area had a population of 773,347 in 2013 (not counting the section across the border in Germany), making it the ninth largest metro area in France and home to 13% of the Grand Est region's inhabitants. The transnational Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau had a population of 915,000 inhabitants in 2014.Strasbourg is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels and Luxembourg), as it 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 also the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine and the International Institute of Human Rights.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. Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the second largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture. It is also home to the largest Islamic place of worship in France, the Strasbourg Grand Mosque.Economically, Strasbourg is an important centre of manufacturing and engineering, as well as a hub of road, rail, and river transportation. The port of Strasbourg is the second largest on the Rhine after Duisburg, Germany.

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  • several towns around Strasbourg keep its German names. Once arrived in Strasbourg you realize that the main language used is French and the name of the streets are bilingual ( French / German).Honestly I knew there was the European Parlament there (I'm a supporter of European Union), but the main reason of this visit was the Grand Ile, the historic centre of Strasbourg that is part of the list of Unesco sites.Parked the car in Place Kleber, I found immediately a touristic centre where I bought a map of the city for 1 euro, in order to find the landmarks of the Grand Ile.The reason why the Grande Ile ( or Big Island) has been added to the list of Unesco sites is the following: it "has an outstanding complex of monuments within a fairly small area. The cathedral, the four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan form a district that is characteristic of a medieval town". Font - World Heritage List siteSo the first destination was the big Cathedral of Notre Dame, an incredible example of Gothic architecture, built between the 13th and the 15th Century, with its 142 meters tower that dominates the entire city.It was really hard to find a place where to take a decent picture with this huge cathedral, but in the end it was really worth. This is what you see when you are in front of the main entrance and you look up:The ticket to visit the cathedral is about 4 Euros and if you want with 5 Euros you can buy a separate ticket to go at 66 meters high to have a great panoramic view. Inside, you realize about the spaces of the cathedral, superb stained glass windows ( 13th - 14th Century), statues, the pillar of angels and its main attraction, the Astronomic Clock.The connection with the one seen in Prague was immediate with little differences...at 12;30 the Death tolls the bell and the disciples come to Jesuswhile the cock was singing three times.The visit to the cathedral did not come to an end, as I decided to enjoy the panoramic view of Strasbourg. There are no lifts and it's better if you are a bit trained to reach the belvedere area. I tried to recognize the Petit France, but the view of the historic centre was really nice.If you feel dizzy, please note that there are many opened windows so it would be not safe for you to reach this "terrace"...If you want to read more and see beautiful pics, please click here: http://diariesofanexplorer.blogspot.it/2012/09/8th-stop-strasbourg-and-its-grand-ile_23.html
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  • wunderschöne stadt
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  • 47 Etats membres du CdE
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  • C'est ici que tout se passe!
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  • tres bien
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  • Ville magnifique, à vivre au gré du temps, flâner... A voir, le quartier de la Petite France, la Cathédrale, le Kammerzell, ...
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