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Culture of Strasbourg. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

BESANCON: Le quai de Strasbourg, le pont Battant, leglise de la Madelaine. For many years the Astronomical clock has been the symbol of Strasbourg; it is the unique landmark of the Renaissance. It was created in 1842 by the best Swiss craftsmen. The clock is located at the Strasbourg Cathedral. Movie about clock creation history is shown at the Cathedral every noon; lots of interesting stories are associated with this artifact.
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Built on top of ancient Roman temple, Cathedral is also one of the most important places to visit. The very first church in its place dated back to 11th century, while the Gothic building was founded late in 13th century; it has preserved to these days and is admired by tourists. Cathedral keeps a lot of unique artifacts including five centuries old cathedral pulpit and a Gothic font.
After admiring the Cathedral, it's worth to visit Place Kleber, which is the biggest square in the city. It was named after General Jean-Baptiste Kleber. Memorial to General is located at the center of it and reminds citizens about his deeds. Next to the wonderful Place Kleber is the Aubette palace built in late 18th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The palace was recently open after throughout reconstruction and today everyone can walk through richly decorated halls of the palace. Kammerzell House is one of the most impressive landmarks of 16th century. Nowadays it hosts a very popular national restaurant. Built from clay and massive wooden beams it is one of the most remarkable buildings in Strasbourg.
Strasbourg HDR Another important place to visit is the Baroque Rohan Palace. Since late 19th century it hosts three museums: The Musee des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, Musée archéologique and Musee des Arts decoratifs. Palace has survived in its original form. Its cultural venues are visited by hundreds of tourists every day.
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Strasbourg Cathedral, Strasbourg

» The big limestone building impresses with a thoroughly designed pattern on the facade. The surface is decorated with multiple sculptures: fabulous beasts, apostles, rulers, secret symbols.
»  Round windows are decorated with sophisticated ornaments. Paintings on stained glass windows depict Biblical scenes. Attention was given to each element.
»  The history of the cathedral goes back to almost 1 000 years. Over the centuries, the Strasbourg House of God has been rebuilt and enlarged. Upon the order of the bishop, the building must be inimitable. So, architects have made it possible.
»  The 140-meter tower was completed in the 15th century. The staircase leads to its top. Poet Goethe, writer Stendhal, and Decembrist Küchelbecker climbed the tower once.
»  The other tower skyscraper has not been completed. The cathedral looks asymmetric due to its distortion.
»  In the weekend morning, Gregorian chants are held here. During concerts, you can listen to organ music.
»  The interior is so perfect, as the exterior.
»  The clock of the 19th century is very impressive. At 12 o’clock in the New Year, its hands turn a complete circle ad point public holidays of the next period.

Eglise Saint Paul, Strasbourg

» The 76-meter church is distinguished by two thin spires. They are thin not by accident and emphasize the height and significance of the construction.
»  It also features 16 entrances. Originally, the building served as the house of worship for German military units in the city. There are 16 entrance doors, just like garrisons.
»  During the service, the building can accommodate up to 3 000 worshipers.
»  There are two lodges on both sides of the pedestal for the choir. One of them is used by the Emperor’s family and the other one - by the city authorities.
»  There are separation hallways inside. Between them, there are wooden seats for worshipers.
»  Wall panels are decorated with religious paintings.
»  The picture created by stained glass windows depicts Christ and his followers. The original windows have not been preserved. Some of them were broken by airstrikes during the Second World War. The heavy hail broke the extant ones. All the stained glass windows of the church are new.
»  The sonority of the organ (1897) was not enough for St. Paul Cathedral. It had been restored for 6 months.
»  It started to be built in 1892.
»  The construction lasted 5 years.

Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

» The building that has a cultural and historical value is important for both the city and the region. Upon the order of the Cardinal, the residence suiting his status was built for his needs in the middle of the 19th century.
»  The palace required a huge area. That is why the residential block was demolished.
»  Many heirs of de Rohan, prince de Soubise, preferred to live here. Members of the Royal Family also stayed here. In 2009, the audience with French and US Presidents was held here.
»  In the palace, there were university classes and museum exhibitions at one time.
»  The Rohan Palace was damaged significantly by the bombing (1944-1945). It was restored only in 50 years.
»  The entrance dome is supported by big columns. Outer walls are made of pink and yellow sandstone blocks. The interior is decorated with sculptures and flowerpots.
»  On one side of the palace, its facade points at the river embankment.
»  In the rooms, you can see collectible canvasses of artists from the Museum of Fine Arts. At the upper level of the construction, there are also pieces of art: ceramic items, delicate accessories, antique furniture. The museum is proud of winding dolls.

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Church, Strasbourg

» The church was built in the 7th century.
»  It is the last shelter of rich and important persons. There are underground crypts.
»  Frescoes, wall and altar paintings have been also preserved. In the temple, there is the sonorous Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune organ of the 18th century.
»  The building was built in two stages. The part of it was completed in the 7th century. The rest had been constructed for 200 years.
»  It is faced with red sandstone. At the entrance, there is the statue of the hermit monk Eugene de Foucauld. He was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
»  The copper dome is 50 m high. Frescoes and paintings on the altar have been preserved.
»  The vault is supported by carved pillars. The main theme of them is Biblical scenes about the Apostle Mark fighting with a dragon.
»  The organ was specifically ordered for the church. The room is illuminated with a big chandelier.
»  Strasbourg was a part of both France and Germany due to political disagreements. Catholic Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Church belonged to different countries too. So, both Catholics and Protestants consider the church as the House of God.
»  It was blessed by Pope Leo IX in 1053.

Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum, Strasbourg

» The museum is two spacious constructions of 14th and 16th centuries. They are linked by a gallery.
»  The Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame (of the Mother of God) is aimed at telling about the foundation and development of the Cathуdrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg.
»  The first sector presents the fragments of the preserved cathedral with sculptures. There are also drafts of the church.
»  The other sector will tell you about the masterpieces of ancient people constructing the church: sculptures, stone and wooden panels, and interior elements.
»  They are unique because masters could cut a big statue of the solid piece of the plant.
»  Some exhibits are over a thousand years old. Multiple artifacts of the collection represent medieval household items. Some articles have been brought from other churches.
»  The museum has extraordinary stained glass windows of the 11th century. It is as bright as many years ago.
»  You can see antique furniture of the past and decorated household items. Inlaid pieces of furniture have been preserved and require special care.
»  The architectural style of the church is extraordinary because the manifested different faiths.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Strasbourg

Cathédrale Notre Dame
Where: Place de la cathédrale, Strasbourg;
La Petite France
Where: Place du marché aux poissons, Strasbourg;
European Institutions
Where: Avenue de l’Europe, Strasbourg; Telephone: +33 (0)3 88412029;
Maison Kammerzell
Where: Place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg;
Audio-guided tours
Where: Tourist office, 17a place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg; Telephone: +33 (0)3 88613923;
Le musée Alsacien
Where: 23-25 quai Saint Nicolas, Strasbourg; Telephone: +33 (0)3 88525001;
Mémorial de l’Alsace Moselle
Where: 67130 Schirmeck, Strasbourg; Telephone: +33 (0)3 88471851;
Heineken brewery
Where: 4, rue Saint-Charles, 67300 Schiltigheim, Strasbourg; Telephone: +33 (0)3 88195755;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Strasbourg
♥   Palace 'Karlsruhe Palace' , 68.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Strasbourg and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame' Strasbourg, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Strasbourg, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Arts décoratifs' Strasbourg, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée d art moderne et contemporain' Strasbourg, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Strasbourg
♥   Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Freiburg, 65.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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