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Strasbourg – Grande île
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 15-18 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 1988
Location: Europe, France, Alsace Region, Département of Bas-Rhin
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Description: The Grande Ile (Big Island) encircled by two arms of the River Ill is the historic centre of the Alsatian capital. Within its relatively small area it boasts an exceptional complex of monuments. The site’s cathedral, four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan (former residence of the prince-bishops) collectively form a district that is distinctive of a medieval town and demonstrates Strasbourg's development between the 15th and the 18th century. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Grande Île, the historic centre of Strasbourg, France, is an island in the Ill River. Literally "Grand Island", Grand Île was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. At the time, the International Council on Monuments and Sites noted that Grand Île is "an old quarter that exemplifies medieval cities". Aside from the Strasbourg Cathedral — the world's fourth-tallest church and an ornate example of 15-century gothic architecture — Grand Île is home to four other centuries-old churches: St. Thomas, St. Pierre-le-Vieux, St. Pierre-le-Jeune, and St. Étienne. To mark Grand Île's status as a World Heritage Site, 22 brass plates were placed on the bridges giving access to the island. Grand Île is sometimes referred to as "ellipse insulaire" because of its shape. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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