Monday, December 12, 2016

Strasbourg, France - Place de la République

[From the Bus Window]
A sculpture in the grassy Place de Bordeaux is by Bernar Venet.  He is a French conceptual artist who exhibits his works around the world. This piece is publicly commissioned.  In 2016 he was awarded the International Sculptures Center's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award.  The guide said that students often "meet at the big spring" as a very visible place to find each other.

 Office buildings along Avenue de la Paix.
 Synagogue de la Paix is a Jewish Synagogue.  It was built after World War II on the site of the destroyed Quai Kleber. Claude Meyer-Lévy was the architect.
 This building looks like residences.  There are a lot of different architecture styles along this street!
 We entered Place de la République and circled twice so that we could see the buildings.  The building with the green dome is Bibliothéque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (National Library and University).
 Palais du Rhin is a néo-renaissance palace from the 1880s.  It is the former Kaiserpalast (Imperial Palace). It is an outstanding landmark of 19th century Prussian architecture.  It has housed a palace, a World War I military hospital, a business building and today houses the department of fine arts and national furniture of Alsace-Lorraine.

 Bibliothéque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (National Library and University) through the trees in Place de la Republique park.
 The monument in the central park area is Monument aux morts de Strasbourg (Monument for the dead).
 Prefecture de la Région Grand Est Prefecture du Bas-Rhin.  The region that we are in had been called "Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine" or ACAL.  In 2016 a new name was approved for this region and it is now known as "Grand Est" or Great East effective 30 September 2016.
 We had turned right and continued on Rue du Maréchal Joffre.
 It looks like they trim the trees in the winter to control the height. Something that I should do at home!  To me these buildings looks like residences.

 Beautiful church English Réformée Saint-Paul.  It is a major Gothic Revival architecture building and one of the landmarks of Strasbourg.  This church is known for the high number of portals (19 compared to 7 in the Strasbourg Cathedral) because it had to accommodate military of different ranks and the Emperor who lived nearby.

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