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Strasbourg (Municipality, Bas-Rhin, France)

Strossburi, Strassburg

Last modified: 2012-05-12 by ivan sache
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[Flag of Strasbourg]

Flag of Strasbourg - Image by by Ivan Sache, 26 November 2000

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Presentation of Strasbourg

Strasbourg (Alsatian, Strossburi; German, Strassburg) is located on the border between the Romanic and Germanic areas, here river Rhine. Its name, lit. "The Roads' Town") Roads) emphasizes its strategical significance.
In 842, Charles the Bald and Louis the German, sons of Louis the Pious, pledged mutual allegiance in the Oath of Strasbourg, the oldest known official document written both in a Romanic and a Germanic language.

On 24 April 1792, the first constitutional Mayor of Strasbourg, Frédéric de Dietrich, offerred a dinner to the volunteers of the Rhine Army, and asked the officer Rouget de l'Isle to write a song to celebrate the event. The next day, Rouget's Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin was officially published. The first volunteer batallion who used it came from Marseilles, which explains that a song written in Strasbourg for an Alsatian batallion became famous as la Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

On 27 September 1870, Strasbourg capitulated after a 50-day siege. The town became German following the Treaty of Francfort (10 May 1871) and remained it until the 11 November 1918.
Strasbourg was once again occupied by Germany from 1940 to the 25 November 1944.

Strabsourg, as an "European crossroad", was selected to host the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.

Ivan Sache, 26 November 2000

Flag of Strasbourg

The flag of Strasbourg is the banner of the traditional arms, dating at least from the 13th century.

Ivan Sache, 26 November 2000

Civil banner from 14th century

[Banner from 14th century]

Strabourg historical banner - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 Marxh 2001

Znamierowski [zna00c] shows a "civil banner" of Strasbourg as a 3:2 white flag with a red bend and a red serration on top.

Ivan Sache, 8 March 2001