|UNESCO #495 - Grand Île, Strasbourg - FRANCE|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Strasbourg - FRANCE - UNESCO #495
After a long drive (almost 1000km) I've reached my first main stop - the city of Strasbourg where my sister-in-law lives. The Alsace is such a wonderful place, and we love to go there specially in the summer when the high temperatures in Portugal give us a strong need to search for colder destinations in the northern Europe - bad luck, this year we were caught in a heat wave with temperatures around 38ºC and humidity near 80% (hooray!)... even though we had a wonderful week there - thanks a million Anabela! This beautiful card makes my collection grow to 107 sites, only 874 to the end.
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.