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    US Soldier Dedication - Strasbourg Cathedral

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 23, 2008

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    I was very impressed by a small engraving inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral that deserves mention. Many times while in the US, the French people get a bad rapport for their underwhelming response of gratitude toward the US servicemen that sacrificed their lives for their freedom from Germany in World War II. Here in this small city of Strasbourg, is a simple thank you and memorial for those who died fighting to free Alsace, the region of France closest to Germany. I think I might make a printout of this photo and carry it with me while seeing the rest of France just in case I run into another one of those who act under whelmed at the sacrifice the US has made for them.

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    L'oeuvre Notre Dame

    by mariev Updated Feb 9, 2008

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    Place du Chateau, those very old houses, situated just between the Cathedral Notre Dame and the Palais des Rohan, host the workshops of the "Oeuvre Notre-Dame".

    Here, since nearly a tousand years, companions, sculptors, stone workers maintain the Cathedral in a good shape, using the same techniques than their medieval precursors.

    You can also find there a very ineresting museum dedicated to the medieval and renaissance periods.

    Cour de l'oeuvre Notre Dame
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    Discover local customs : Musee Alsacien

    by mariev Updated Jun 8, 2007

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    A very nice mid sized museum featuring daily life’s items from the 18th and 19th centuries : furnitures, costumes, cooking gear, tools, religious items, toys…all very well presented.

    The Musee Alsacien has been nicely renovated for it’s 100th birhday (end 2006) and occupies now 3 old (linked) pretty houses along the Ill.

    Address : 23-25, quai Saint-Nicolas - 67000 Strasbourg

    Open Wednesday to Monday, from 12h to 18h (10h to 18h on sundays)
    Entrance : free

    The museum's courtyard Traditional farm bedroom Costumes (this one : a conscript) Karrelhofen : the traditional alsacian furnace Cake tins and spice pots
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    Container art

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    I was surprised to find stuck on a wall of the Quai de la Petite France, the sticker shown on the first photo and did not understand at first what it meant.

    Later, close to the Ponts Couverts, I found what is shown on the second and third photos. Six containers of the type used for cargo transport were fitted together and used for a temporary décor with landscapes posters affixed on them. Why not? Anyway, that can be easily removed!

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    Street climber

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    On one of our tramways trips, we arrived on the Place des Halles and we saw this amazing street climber. Clever, isn't it? Would you do it? Actually, it was not a real climber but a figure that had been fixed on the structure standing in the middle of the square!!

    Street climber
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    The oath of Strasbourg (translations)

    by JLBG Written Dec 20, 2006

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    Modern translation in French

    "Pour l'amour de Dieu et pour le salut peuple chrétien et notre salut à tous deux, à partir de ce jour dorénavant, autant que Dieu m'en donnera savoir et pouvoir, je secourrai ce mien frère, comme on doit selon l'équité secourir son frère, à condition qu'il en fasse autant pour moi, et je n'entrerai avec Lothaire en aucun arrangement qui, de ma volonté, puisse lui être dommageable."
    Si Louis tient le serment qu’il a juré à son frère Charles, et que Charles, mon seigneur, de son côté n’observe pas le sien, au cas où je ne l’en pourrais détourner, je ne lui prêterai en cela aucun appui, ni moi ni nul que j’en pourrais détourner.

    Modern translation in English

    For the love of God and Christendom, and for our common safety, from this day forth, as much as God shall give me knowledge and power, I will protect my brother Charles, here present, and will aid him in everything, as a man in justice has to protect his brother, in which he would do the same for me; and I will make with Lothaire no comtract, which of my own free will can injure my brother Charles, here present.
    If Louis abides the oath he sweared to his brother Charles, and that Charles, my Lord, on his side does not abides his own, if I cannot divert him, I will not give him any help, neither myself nor anybody that I might divert from it.

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    The Serment de Strasbourg (oath of Strasbourg)

    by JLBG Written Dec 20, 2006

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    Original text in Roman

    "Pro Deo amur et pro christian poblo et nostro commun salvament, d'ist di in avant, in quant Deus savir et podir me dunat, si salvarai eo cist meon fradre Karlo et in aiudha et in cadhuna cosa, si cum om per dreit son fradra salvar dift, in o quid il mi altresi fazet et ab Ludher nul plaid nunquam prindrai, qui, meon vol, cist meon fradre Karle in damno sit".
    Si Lodhuuigs sagrament, que son fradre Karlo iurat, conseruat, et Karlus meos sendra de suo part non lo suon tanit, si io returnar non l’int pois, ne io ne neüls cui eo returnar int pois, in nulla aiudha conra Lodhuuig non li iu er.

    Original text in Tudesc

    "In Godes minna ind in thes christianes folches ind unser bedhero gehaltnissi, fon thesemo dage frammordes, so fram so mir Got geuuizci indi mahd furgibit, so haldih thesan minan bruodher, soss man mit rehtu sinan bruher scal, in thiu thaz er mig so sama duo, indi mit Ludheren in nohheiniu thing ne gegango, the, minan uuillon, imo ce scadhen uuerdhen".
    "Oba Karl then eid then er sinemo bruodher Ludhuuuige gesuor geleistit, indi Ludhuuuig, min herro, then er imo gesuor forbrihchit, ob ih inan es iruuenden ne mag, noh ih noh thero nohhein, then ih es iruuenden mag, uuidhar Karle imo ce follusti ne uuirdhit".

    Sorry, too lonng, I have to put the ttranslations in another tip!

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    Universities

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    There are three universities in Strasbourg, all in the same area around Rue de l'Université. Together they form the Pôle Universitaire Européen or European University Center, with more than 45,000 students including some 6000 foreigners.

    Since all French universities are usually called by their initials, you will hear students in Strasbourg talking about the U.L.P., the U.M.B. and the U.R.S., and of course they will assume that you know what these initials stand for.

    The U.L.P is the Université Louis Pasteur or Strasbourg I. This is a science and medical school which does a lot of advanced research.

    The U.M.B. is the Université Marc Bloch or Strasbourg II, which has faculties for various Arts and Sciences, and offers courses in 25 foreign languages.

    The U.R.S. is the Université Robert Schuman or Strasbourg III, which specializes in International and European Law.

    Museum on one of the university campuses

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    Arte

    by Nemorino Written Jun 10, 2006

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    Anyone living in France or Germany can watch the television channel Arte in the local language. It tends to bring ambitious, cultural programming so it does not have huge viewing quotas, but it can be very good, and they often have theme evenings with several films or discussions about the same topic.

    They also do live opera broadcasts sometimes.

    The studios are located here because Strasbourg is in France but is very close to the German border, which at this point is formed by the Rhine River about ten kilometers away.

    Arte television studios

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    In memory of an influent citizen : Place Gutenberg

    by mariev Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    Johannes Gensfleisch, aka Gutenberg was born in Mayence (Germany) between 1394 and 1399 and came in Strasbourg around 1434.

    It is here that he, in collaboration with the local goldsmith Andreas Dritzehn, did his firsts experiments with mobile characters printing : At this time, the existing technic was to engrave the complete page on a plate before printing, the new technique allowed to reuse the individual characters and thus to create a more economical solution to print books.

    He went back to Mayence around 1448 where he got associated with Peter Schoeffer (who elaborated the precise kind of metal to use and perfected the way to create the characters) and Johannes Fust (the money lender)
    Their fisrt production : the 42 lines Bible was printed between 1450 and 1456.

    Gutenberg died in 1468 in Mayence. Despite being born and dead there, he is considered an honorary citizen in Strasbourg, beside the statue standing on a place named after him, one of the biggest high school in town perpetuates his name.

    It is impossible to properly estimate Gutenberg influence in our world, but "enormous" seems correct.
    The weblink below refers to a project he would certainly have suported : the Project Gutenberg aims to offer free electronic books (eBooks or etexts) on the Internet. The collection of more than 15.000 eBooks was produced by hundreds of volunteers. Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain.

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    Palais du Rhin

    by mariev Updated May 2, 2005

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    After the 1870/71 Franco-German war, Alsace became a Reichland (german province) with Strasbourg as a capital.

    The Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered a new area to be built north/east of the existing city : this quarter sill exists, barely modified : the german quarter, with its typically 'prussian' architecture.

    He wanted to impress the locals (and to have a "nice little coutryhouse" in his new domain) and so ordered this 'Palais du Rhin'.
    From the eastethic point of view, it seems that he missed one fine point (or more) : the Strasburgers weren't impressed at all but found the building rather ridiculous and nicknamed it " die Elephantenstall" (the elephants' stable).

    This large and pompous edifice, situated Place de la Republique, hosts now the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine wich is in charge of ensuring the safety and the prosperity of the navigation on the Rhine.

    It's wide vestibule is often used to showcase modern art exhibitions.

    Address : Palais du Rhin
    2, place de la République
    67082 STRASBOURG Cedex

    Palais du Rhin
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    Place de la Republique

    by mariev Updated May 2, 2005

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    Situated in the middle of the Place de la Republique's square , the WW (1 & 2) memorial is dedicated to ALL who died.
    Mother Alsace holds her dead sons : one of them looks at France, the other one at Germany.

    During the last world wars, young Alsacians were enrolled in the German troups against their will, they were called "les malgre nous" and had to fight against their brothers .
    Most of them were sent to the Russian front and died there or were made prisonner, some of them came back from Russia only in the late SEVENTIES.

    Beside this, the monument has a signification that i completely encompass : the idea of the irrelevance of citizenship in front of death, loss and sorrow.

    Monument aux morts
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    The European Court for Human Rights

    by mariev Updated Mar 12, 2005

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    This strange, tin box looking, building situated on the Bassin de l'Ill (on the intersection of Quai Ernest Bevin and Allée des droits de l'homme) hosts the European Court for Human Rights (Cour Europeenne des Droits de l'Homme).

    The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was created with the Council of Europe, based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it was signed in 1950 and became effective in 1953.

    Any of the contracting states/countries (45 in 2005) or any individual claiming to be a victim of a violation of the convention by a contracting state may lodge an application directly with this court.

    Guided tours are available for groups and individual visits can be authorised but the visits of the Court are aimed at an informed audience ( jurists, lawyers, law students, groups of schoolchildren motivated by a research work done on the Court.) and are to be booked in advance.

    Address:
    European Court of Human Rights
    Council of Europe
    67075 Strasbourg-Cedex

    Cour Europeenne des droits de l'Homme
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    The bridge of Europe

    by Maillekeukeul Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Recently built, this bridge is the most modern link between the cities of Strasbourg and Kiel (in Germany), and represents, in a way, the link between France and Germany, pillars of the New Europe...

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    Strasburg is on the river Ill....

    by DanielF Updated Sep 6, 2004

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    Strasburg is on the river Ill. There are also several canals across the city. This area is an elegant neighborhood and ideal for walking.

    Another good option is to visit the building of the international institutions: Council of Europe and European Parliament. The city has built a modern complex in order to host the sessions of the latter. By doing this they try to keep this institution in the city, since many Members would prefer to move to the better communicated Brussels. Anyway, the new Parliament building is worth a visit.

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