Being rather far away from the capital, Strasbourg is culturally independent. It has its own opera, the only France's national theatre outside Paris, international music festivals, bi-national TV station.
Its multinational student population (over 50,000) makes the city intellectually vibrant. Strasbourg is the permanent campus for ISU (International Space University) and (Ecole Nationale d'Administration), École supérieure des Arts décoratifs.
The heart of the city is the Grande Ile ('Big Island'), encircled by Fosse du Faux-Rempart canal and the Ill River. The Cathedrale Notre-Dame in the Vieille Ville with numerous museums clustered around is the most dominant landmark of Strasbourg. The Cathedrale has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages.
The main streets of the city (Rue des Grandes Arcades and Rue des Francs Bourgeois are narrow and mostly pedestrian. The center of the city is Kleber, a square named after Jean-Baptiste Kleber (1753-1800), the famous military officer born in Strasbourg, who was chosen by Napoleon Bonaparte for high office in Egypt. Close to the square is place Gutenberg, named after Johannes Gutenberg (residing in Strasbourg in 1434 and 1444). Another historical place is the Petite France area in the
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