Shots in the City : Strasbourg Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. In the week of the anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1950, I showcased the capital city of Europe, Strasbourg.
No. 1 : Platz Kleber
No. 2 : Place de la Republique
Did you know? The largest square in Strasbourg, Platz Kleber is located in the city's historic centre, the Grand Ile, and is the home to the shops of many luxury brands. The square has had many names over the years, but since 1840, it has named after Jean-Baptiste Kleber, a French general during the Revolutionary Wars. After his assassination in Cairo, his body was repatriated back to France and was finally buried in his birthplace, Strasbourg, under a statue of himself.
Did you know? Formerly known as Imperial Square, Place de la Republique is one of the main squares in Strasbourg. Designed by architect Jean-Geoffroy Conrath as a grand entrance to the "Neustadt" or New Town on the other side of the River Ill, each of its sides is identical in length and is surrounded by five historical buildings including the Palais du Rhin. In the centre of the square, stands a memorial statue depicting a mother holding two dead sons, which represents the dual French and German heritage of its residents who fought in the First and Second World Wars.
No. 3 : La Petite France
Did you know? Also known as the "Tanner's Quarter," La Petite France is located at the Western end of the River Ill where it splits into a number of smaller channels. The majority of the historic beamed buildings date from the Middle Ages when the area was home to the city's tanners, which is why the roofs slope to allow space for hides to dry inside. The name refers to the hospice that was built in the late 15th century to cure people with syphilis, which was then known as "French disease" in German.
No. 4 : Strasbourg Cathedral
No. 5 : European Parliament
No. 6 : European Court of Human Rights
Did you know? Described by Victor Hugo as a 'gigantic and delicate marvel,' Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg is widely considered to be among the finest examples of late Gothic architecture. Until 1874 it was the world's tallest building and today, it is the sixth-tallest church in the world and the highest extant structure built in the Middle Ages. It is so tall that it can be seen from the Black Forest and Vosges Mountains where the sandstone used in construction of the cathedral is created.
Did you know? Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament. Completed in December 1999, the current building, known as the Louise Weiss Building, is named after a former French member of the parliament. In their sittings, 736 MEPs represent about 500 million citizens across Europe.
Did you know? The European Court of Human Rights or ECHR is an international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. The court hears cases that breach one or more human right established by the Convention and represents 47 member stateswho are signatories to the Convention. The current building was designed by Richard Rodgers and completed in 1995.
No. 7 : Palais de l'Europe
Did you know? The Palais de l'Europe is the seat of the Council of Europe, an international organisation whose aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949, it is completely distinct from the European Union, as it cannot make binding laws but has the power to enforce international agreements reached by European states on particular topics.