- Grande Île, Strasbourg
Grande Île, the historic centre of
Strasbourg, France, is an islandin the Ill River. Literally "Grand Island", Grand Île was named a UNESCO World Heritage Sitein 1988. At the time, the International Council on Monuments and Sitesnoted that Grand Île is "an old quarter that exemplifies medieval cities". [ [http://whc.unesco.org/archive/advisory_body_evaluation/495.pdf Strasbourg Grand ile 495 ] ] Aside from the Strasbourg Cathedral— the world's fourth-tallest church and an ornate example of 15-century gothic architecture — Grand Île is home to four other centuries-old churches: St. Thomas, St. Pierre-le-Vieux, St. Pierre-le-Jeune, and St. Étienne.
To mark Grand Île's status as a World Heritage Site, 22 brass plates were placed on the bridges giving access to the island. [cite web|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20051029080207/http://www.ot-strasbourg.fr/htm_uk/pages/patrimoine.php|accessdate=2005-10-29|title=Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg]
Grand Île is sometimes referred to as "ellipse insulaire" because of its shape.
* [http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/495 UNESCO]
* [http://maps.msn.se/map.aspx?C=48.582,7.74655&L=EUR&A=3.25&S=800,740 Map from MSN]
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