Strasbourg In France
This is a scroll shaped silver coloured metal fridge magnet souvenir of Strasbourg in France. 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 historically German-speaking, explaining the city's Germanic name. Strasbourg's historic city centre, the Grande Ile (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 an important centre of manufacturing and engineering, as well as of road, rail, and river communications. The port of Strasbourg is the second largest on the Rhine after Duisburg, Germany. Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany, across from the German town Kehl. The city lies in the Upper Rhine Plain, approximately 20 km (12 mi) east of the Vosges Mountains and 25 km (16 mi) west of the Black Forest.
Style Of Strasbourg Buildings
The largest baroque building of Strasbourg is the 1720s main building of the Hopital civil. An example of French Neo-classicism is the Opera House on Place Broglie best represents this style. As for modern and contemporary architecture, Strasbourg possesses some fine Art Nouveau buildings (the huge Palais des Fetes, some houses and villas on Avenue de la Robertsau and Rue Sleidan), good examples of post-World War II functional architecture and, in the very extended Quartier Europeen, some spectacular administrative buildings of sometimes incredibly large size, among which the European Court of Human Rights building is arguably the finest. The city has many bridges, including the medieval, four-towered Ponts Couverts. Next to it is a part of the 17th-century Vauban fortifications, the Barrage Vauban. Other bridges are the ornate 19th-century Pont de la Fonderie (1893, stone) and Pont d'Auvergne (1892, iron), as well as architect Marc Mimram's futuristic Passerelle over the Rhine, opened in 2004.