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    Place de la République, Palais du Rhin

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Emperor's Palace was built between 1883 and 1888 by Hermann Eggert on the model of the Pitti Palace in Florence. It mixes the Florence Renaissance style with the Berlin monumental baroque style with some borrowing from the antiquity.

    In the middle of the square (second photo), the Monument aux morts (War Memorial) of WWII, built in 1936 shows a mother with her two sons, one that died for France and the other that died for Germany.

    Place de la R��publique, Palais du Rhin Place de la R��publique, Monument aux Morts
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    Place de la République, Prefecture

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I have not found any information about this building that is now used as a "Prefecture". It has been built between 1870 and 1914 as all the other buildings on the Place de la République. Actually, it is both the Préfecture of the Département du Bas-Rhin and Préfecture de la Région Alsace (Départements du Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin)

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    Pl. de la République, Bibliothèque Nationale et Un

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire was built at the end of the XIXth as a neo-classical palace, a pastiche of the Venetian style. After the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, it hosts the largest book collection in France with more than three million books and two thousands incunabulum (early printed books)

    Pl. de la R��publique, Biblioth��que Nationale et Un Pl. de la R��publique, Biblioth��que Nationale et Un Pl. de la R��publique, Biblioth��que Nationale et Un
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    Place de la République, Théatre National de Strasb

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Place de la République (Republic Square) is not in the ancient city and when you walk over the Ill, out of Place Broglie, Place de la République makes a striking difference. It looks almost like a German or Austrian city. This Square was drawn and built between 1870 and 1914, when Strassburg was the capital of the Reichsland of Elsatz-Mosel. Emperor Wilhelm 1st wanted to make it the show room of the power of the Empire. Five prestigious buildings have been built during that period.

    The Diet of the Reichsland of Elsatz-Mosel became after 1918 the Music Conservatory. Since the decentralization of Parisian theaters, it is now the TNS : Théâtre National de Strasbourg.

    P de la R��publique, Th��atre National de Strasbourg
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    Unidentified building

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I have been unable to identify this beautiful building that stands behind the Cercle Mixte de la Garnison, etc (see previous tip). It is not right on Place Broglie but can be seen from the Opera. Who can tell me what it is? Anyway, I enjoyed its look but I always prefer to know more!

    Unidentified building
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    Place Broglie, Cercle Militaire

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: On the Northern side of Place Broglie stands a long building adorned with brass canons standing along the front. Obviously, something military, doesn't it? I found later, in the phone book that at this address (17 Place Broglie) were the Cercle Mixte de la Garnison and the Cercle des Sous-Officiers. I hope to learn more about the canons but that is all I could find!

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    Place Broglie, Colonne Leclerc

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In the middle of Place Broglie, a tall column celebrates the memory of General Leclerc that started in 1940 in Chad with a column of three hundred men with a single canon that became the 2ème DB (second armored division) and freed Paris on the 25th of August 1944 and Strasbourg on the 23rd of November 1944.

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    Place Broglie, Market for Christmas trees.

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Besides the Opera, Place de Broglie is the place to buy Christmas trees. There are hundreds of these trees that come from the neighboring Vosges mountains. Place Broglie is also the place for a huge Marché de Noël (a few wooden booths are seen on the left of the photo), the Christkindelsmärik. See my tips Marché de Noël for more.

    Place Broglie, Market for Christmas trees

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    Place Broglie, Opéra National du Rhin

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Théâtre municipal was built in 1820 at one end of Place Broglie. It was built in a neo-classical style with a front adorned with a colossal peristyle with ionic columns. It is topped by muses but they are only 6 though they should be 9. I do not know who are the missing muses! It is now the Opéra National du Rhin. In front of the Opera, stands (December 2006) a wooden horse. It actually represents the Trojan horse. It has been built here because the Opera has played in October and November "Les Troyens", Grand opéra en cinq actes d’Hector Berlioz

    The Trojan horse is on the far left of the first photo. It is better seen as a close up on the second photo.

    For more, look at www.operanationaldurhin.fr/

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    English?

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Strasbourg was in the Train Station. I asked the woman at the ticket window, in french, if she spoke english. She replied 'a little'. So I asked 'oder Deutsch' Well she comes back with 'No, I speak English'

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    General Info

    by Redang Written Oct 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Tourism Office
    17, place de la Cathédrale
    BP 70020
    67082 STRASBOURG Cedex

    - Tel : 33 (0) 3 88 52 28 28
    - Fax : 33 (0) 3 88 52 28 29

    Internet:
    - www.strasbourg.fr/Strasbourgfr/FR
    - E mail : info@ot-strasbourg.fr

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    Vaubin's Dam

    by steventilly Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Set where the river Ill enters Strasbourg, this dam was part of the cities defenses. In times of invasion, the lock gates would be raised to allow water to flood the city, hampering the invaders.

    There is a walkway through Vaubin's Dam, from one side of the river to the other, which led us to think it was The Pont Couvert for a while! There is also a grassy terrace on top of the dam, giving views over the city (accessible from one side of the dam only).

    Vaubin's Dam

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    Pont Couvert

    by steventilly Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This used to be a covered bridge, in the style of the famous bridge at Lucerne, Switzerland. Unfortunately, it burned down long ago, and all that remains are the towers.

    This confused us for a while - we thought Vaubin's Dam was the Pont Couvert, and so our bearings were always slightly out for the first day or so! Doh!

    Pont Couvert

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    Place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait

    by steventilly Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait, or Suckling pig market place to you and me is no longer a market, it is now a pretty square, which, along with Rue de Marouquin, is packed with cafes, bars and restaurants. This was one of my favourite parts of the whole city.

    Place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait

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    St. Pauls Church

    by steventilly Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: St Paul's is a splendid neo-Gothic church which was once the protestant church for the city's garrison. It rises majestically above the water which surrounds it on two sides.

    Near this church is the Place Sebastien Brandt, and one of our favourite bars, The Cafe Brandt.

    St Paul's Church

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