Grande Île (Strasbourg)

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Strasbourg - Grande Île
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Grande Île, Strasbourg
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 495
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1988 (12th Session)

Grande Île is the historic centre of the city of Strasbourg in France. Its name means "Large Island", and derives from the fact that it is an island surrounded on one side by the main channel of the Ill River and on the other side by the Canal du Faux-Rempart, a canalised arm of that river. Grand Île was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. At the time, the International Council on Monuments and Sites noted that Grand Île is "an old quarter that exemplifies medieval cities".[1]

Aside from the Strasbourg Cathedral—the world's fourth-tallest church and an ornate example of 15th-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. At the western end of the Grand Île is the quarter of Petite France, the former home of the city's tanners, millers and fishermen, and now one of Strasbourg's main tourist attractions.

To mark Grand Île's status as a World Heritage Site, 22 brass plates were placed on the bridges giving access to the island.[2]

Grand Île is sometimes referred to as "ellipse insulaire" because of its shape.


  1. ^ Strasbourg Grand ile 495
  2. ^ "Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg". Archived from the original on 2005-10-29. Retrieved 2005-10-29. 

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Coordinates: 48°34′58.8″N 7°44′52.8″E / 48.583000°N 7.748000°E / 48.583000; 7.748000