About Strasbourg

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Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace region of France, is known for the large number of prominent European institutions. The city is also famous for its popular historical centre, the Grande Ile. Strasbourg is located the northeast France and it is one of the nine largest cities in this nation. Once, it was a territory of Germany, but later, it returned to France. Strasbourg City is also surrounded by amazing cathedrals and churches. How to Reach? The airport of the city is located 10 kms from the center of the city. However, you can easily reach in this city from other … Continue reading

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The Observatory of Strasbourg, an astronomical observatory, houses the Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg, a database for the collection and distribution of astronomical information. The construction of this observatory began in 1875 post the refounding of the University of Strasbourg in 1872. The main instrument was a 50 cm Repsold refractor, which saw first light in 1880 and was officially inaugurated in 1881 during the ninth General Assembly of the Astronomische Gesellschaft. Then it was the largest instrument in the German Empire. The observatory site was selected primarily for instruction purposes and political symbolism, rather than the observational qualities. Upto … Continue reading

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The museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg was founded in 1973 and is one of the largest of its kind in France. It is home to a vast collection of paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, multimedia and design and a wide range of pieces in its photographic library. It owns a total of 18,000 works. Numerous exhibitions are organized annually and the building also houses the art library of the municipal museums, the art book shop of the municipal museums and a multi-purpose auditorium for conferences, films and concerts. The spacious roof terrace accommodates a museum cafe. The exhibition … Continue reading

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Situated in Strasbourg, France, the Cathedral of Our Lady or Strasbourg Cathedral is an exemplary piece of Gothic architecture. Though parts of it are in Romanesque architecture it is still considered to be a specimen of Gothic architecture. It has a spire of height as large as 142 metres (466 feet). At one point of time it even used to be the tallest building in the world. That was the time before the skyscrapers came into the picture. Its construction was completed in the year 1439. The site of its construction is also historically significant since a number of holy … Continue reading

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Petite France is actually a small area in Strasbourg lying between the rivers, just south of the Grande Île. It happens to be one of the most photographic areas of Strasbourg with some very pretty streets and buildings, with half timbered townhouses leaning out over the narrow cobbled streets. Petite France resembles Colmar (a city an hour south), with picturesque canal and half-timber houses. In the Middle Age, the Petite-France was the tanning-houses and slaughterhouses area. The area abounds in tourist restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops. The area gets its name from the “hospice of the syphilitic” (Hospice des Vérolés, … Continue reading

In and around Strasbourg