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With over 350 historic monuments in a protected area of 147 hectares, as well as 3 churches (Saint-André, Saint-Michel, and Saint-Seurin) that were already listed as World Heritage sites on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela, Strasbourg had a number of assets to convince the jury.
Strasbourg, an 18th century architectural gem, owes its beauty to architects spanning a number of periods: Jacques Gabriel Les Allées de Tourny, Victor Louis Le Grand Théâtre, Jacques d'Welles the municipal stadium, and Richard Rogers, who designed not only the Beaubourg Centre in Paris, but also the Strasbourg Court of First Instance.
Above and beyond its lovely architecture, Strasbourg was chosen for its attractive, vibrant, and cosmopolitan districts. From the narrow streets of the Saint-Michel quarter to buildings from the 60s and 70s in Mériadeck, these districts reflect the life of a city that has evolved without losing its character or identity.
Strasbourg's successful bid as a World Heritage site also relied on several ambitious urban renewal projects begun in 1996 under the impetus of mayor Alain Juppé. These include development of the quays along the Garonne River, the restoration of many façades, and a light rail transit system.
An even greater attraction to tourists
Tourism in Strasbourg had already developed considerably following the city's extensive facelift. However, it will now be entering a new dimension thanks to the UNESCO listing, undoubtedly exceeding the 2.5 million visitors a year Strasbourg currently welcomes. As of Saturday, 7 July, and in order to celebrate this event, the Strasbourg Tourist Office is organising a new tour within the perimeter defined by UNESCO - a night time tour to discover the city's most beautiful monuments under floodlights!