(Pictures of stamps are coming from the Phila Echange website).
First of all, in case you don’t know it, Strasbourg is a city located in the north east of France, near the border with Germany. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and is the ninth largest of France (counted in inhabitants). Historically disputed between France and Germany, this area is strongly marked by a mixture of French and German culture.
Strasbourg is a very nice city located on the Ill river; its historic center was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1998. This was the first time that such an honor was given to an entire city center. One of the landmarks of the city is the cathedral, Notre Dame de Strasbourg, a Roman Catholic cathedral whose construction started in 1176, to be completed only in 1439 with the north tower that was the world’s tallest building from 1647 until 1874. The south tower that was originally planned was never built, giving to the church a very characteristic asymmetrical form. Here is a picture of the cathedral that I took from the border of the river.
In the rightt top corner of the stamp we can see the coat of arms of Strasbourg that is also the subject of a stamp issued on the 5th of March 1945.
One of these sculptures is the subject of a stamp issued on the 25th of January 1971 in the artistic series.
Another landmark of this area is the half-timbered houses that are very characteristic of the Alsace region. Here is an example of such houses in a part of the historic center of Strasbourg which is called La Petite France (the small France).
Such houses, that are called Alsatian houses, are the subject of a stamp issued on the 10th of September 2003 within the series: La France à Voir (France to see).
Another reason that makes Strasbourg famous in the rest of Europe and of the world is that it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (stamp issued on the 3rd of June 1952)…
The European court of Human rights…
Alsace is a French region which is also famous for its wines and its gastronomy. You may have already tried one of the typical meals from this area, the Choucroute, made with sauerkraut and various types of meats. Here is a picture of this meal illustrated on a stamp issued on the 21st of March 2005 is the series La France à vivre (France to live).
And to conclude, let me also mention the storks that you can still see in this area, located on top of the chimneys of some houses, as shown on this stamp from 1973.
You can see here, more of my pictured taken during the weekend.