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Strasbourg is the city in the northeastern France, on the borders with Germany. It is the capital of Alsace region. It is situated on the mouth of Ill River and Rhine. There are around 650 000 inhabitants living in the metropolitan area. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the préfecture (capital) of the Bas-Rhin département.

In the past it alternately belonged to both France and Germany, in 1681 Louis XIV connected it to France, since 1871 the city belonged to Germany and it was the capital of Alsace-Lorraine. After the World War I it became French city again and during the World War II it was occupied by Germany. Strasbourg has been definitely the part of France since 1944.

The Historical centre of the city is marked by The Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame, the highest medieval building in Europe with height of 142 metres. Popular is also corner of the Grand Île (the Main Island) is where the Ill river splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. It is called Petite – France district. At the end of 'Petite France' are the Ponts-Couverts – towers and footbridges, one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Strasbourg. German District – the Quartier Allemand is the showcase of German neoclassical architecture. At the heart of the district lies Place de la République, a vast square centred on a small wooded park.

There are three universities in Strasbourg (The Université Louis Pasteur, The Université Marc Bloch and The Université Robert Schuman). However, they are grouped into one – the "Pôle universitaire européen". They are associated with three local authorities – the Alsace region, the Bas-Rhin department and the Strasbourg urban district council.

As far as sport is concerned, Strasbourg is famous mainly for its status being the start as well as the first lap of Tour de France.

Besides New York and Genera, Strasbourg is the third and the last city in the world that is not the capital but it is the seat of International institutions. Next to The Central Commission for Navigation of the Rhine, there are the International institute of Human Rights (seated in The Palace Of Human Rights), the European Science Foundation, the Secretariat for the scientific program "Humain Border", the Assembly of the European Regions, the Center of Regional European Development, Arte, the European cultural TV and of course The European Parliament. This and its position, make Strasbourg kind a capital of the Europe. And the choice of Strasbourg as European capital after the World War II did not happen by chance, but is the symbol of the reconciliation between the people and the future of Europe.

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