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World Heritage #0495 – Strasbourg – Grande île

World Heritage #0495 – Strasbourg – Grande île

This is a very nice town to walk around in, parts of which set you back a few hundred years in time.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Country: France
Date of Inscription: 1988
Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 495:

“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.”

My visit:

In 1991 we were Interrailing home to Norway from the south of France and stopped for a day in Strasbourg. I had no particular idea about the city before walking in, but truly enjoyed the layout and all the old buildings.

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