Strasbourg means "Town of roads". Strasse from Latin strata ("street"), German -burg
("fortress, town "). Situated on the Ill River, which flows into the Rhine on the border with
Petite France is the name given to the small area between the rivers
Temperature here fluctuates between 38.5 °C & −23.4 °C.
The early history of Strasbourg consists of a long conflict between its bishop and
its citizens.In 14 February 1349 several hundred Jews were publicly burnt to
death, remaining expelled from the city. Until the end of the 18th century, Jews
were forbidden to remain in town after 10 pm. A special tax, the Pflastergeld
(pavement money), was to be paid for any horse that a Jew would ride into the
city. Strasbourg Cathedral in 13th century became the World's Tallest Building.
In September 1681 it was annexed by King Louis XIV of France.
In 1836 Napoléon Bonaparte unsuccessfully tried to lead his coup in Strasbourg.
During the Franco-Prussian War Strasbourg, the city was heavily bombarded by
the Prussian army. In 1871 after the war's end, the city was annexed to the
newly German Empire. Strasbourg was rebuilt.
In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles reattributed the city back to France. .
River Ill, seen from the terrace of the Palais Rohan.