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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
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January 10 2013 5 10 /01 /January /2013 15:54

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8340779635_44648b780d_b.jpgSaint William's Church (also called Wilhelmskirche in German and église Saint-Guillaume in French) is a gothic church belonging to the Lutherans Slightly set back from the intersection of the wharfs of the shipbuilders and the fishermen, the church is striking for its picturesque location on the bank of the Ill river, the lopsided character of its exterior, and its sumptuous interior combining the Gothic and Baroque styles.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8341837834_40a93aaa51_b.jpgIt was closed the afternoon I wanted to go inside.  Instead, I sat across the river from it and enjoyed the view after as I ate my slice of pizza for lunch.  I know that there are a lot of churches with the same name in Strasbourg so I am trying not to get them all mixed up.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8341831674_d0bc2ec465_b.jpgThis is the Protestant church of St-Nicholas.  Albert Schweitzer was pastor in the Church Saint-Nicolas, where he blessed on April 11, 1908 the marriage of Theodor Heuss, first president of the Federal Republic of Germany.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8341837326_7e787e3f42_b.jpgIt stands along the River Ill which was overflowing its banks while I was there.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8341836726_b26c6a029f_b.jpgAcross the river are several attractive timber framed houses.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8341840670_ed637f8db6_b.jpgThis attractive church is the Catholic Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8340781155_13a13b9a75_b.jpgIt is located in the German district, right next to the Palace of Justice. It is one of the great architectural achievements realized during the annexation. The pink and red sandstone church was built from 1889 to 1893 by architects August Hartel and Skjold Neckelmann in the Romanesque Revival style and crowned by the vast cupola. The one Catholic church that I wanted to visit besides the cathedral and it was closed...of course.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8340780705_e5d4aec4e5_b.jpgAnother building located within the German district is the Palais du Rhin, the former imperial palace built for the German Emperor Willim I of Hohenzollern after the war of 1870.  It took almost five years before being fully completed.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8341849904_01ff6109d7_b.jpgThis is the Palais de Rohan.  It used to be the Bishop's Palace built in 1704 but now houses the Museum of Decorative Arts.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8341831358_ecb9288a62_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8340786847_58e415827d_b.jpgNext to the Strasbourg Historical Museum is the former Customs House dating back to the 14th century.  This building was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War and was identically rebuilt at the end of it.  Its originality stems from its gabled walls. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8341838264_7259264be8_b.jpgThis is the Protestant Church of St. Paul's in Strasbourg and is a major landmark for the city. Built between 1892 and 1897 during the time of the Reichsland Elsass-Lothringen (1870–1918), the church was designed for the Lutheran members of the Imperial German garrison stationed in Strasbourg. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8341839146_5b1c648e50_b.jpgIts two towers are the second tallest features in the city next to the cathedral tower. In 1919, after the return of Alsace to France, the church was handed over to the Lutheran Church and became its second parish church in the town after St. Thomas.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8341848912_963e896aed_b.jpgThe Sainte-Madeleine Church is another Catholic church in Strasbourg that was closed when I visited. It was built in Gothic style in the late 15th century but largely rebuilt in a style close to Jugendstil after a devastating fire in 1904. This is the fourth building dedicated to Mary Magdalene built in the city since the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8341843462_fcbf0aa79b_b.jpgOn Place Gutenberg is a statue dedicated to one of the town's most famous residents.  Depicted on the statue’s four plinth panels are the benefits the world has gained thanks to the invention of modern printing.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8341843800_54ff1fb714_b.jpgAlso on Place Gutenberg was the Christmas market featuring the guest country of Georgia.  I was so glad to see some traditional Georgian culture again and try some of their fresh grilled khachapuri.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8340774827_4274e06e86_b.jpgI took a lot of photos of the Christmas markets but you can get a much better idea of what it looked like by visiting this site with its many wonderful photographs.  Enjoy.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8340775271_3cbb70cd5e_b.jpg

 

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