Insight | 27.12.2008 | 04:30
UNSESCO World Heritage Sites: The French City of Strasbourg
Strasbourg which lies on the strategically important upper Rhine River has been a Unesco World Heritage Site for 20 years.
It was not just one building but the entire historic-town-quarter of the French city of Strasbourg which was declared a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1988 – the first city to have been bestowed with such an honour. Strasbourg is a city which has been fought over throughout the centuries but has somehow managed to survive and thrive – today, it’s Europe’s political capital: the home of the European Parliament. At its heart, rising above the Alsatian plain, is Strasbourg’s magnificent pink-sandstone cathedral which dates from the middle ages. But the city’s cobble-stone streets are lined with other magnificent buildings – Renaissance mansions and centuries-old half-timbered houses
Report: Geoff Rodoreda