Sights to See in Selestat/Schlettstadt in the Alsace

Sélestat is a relatively small town of about 20.000 residents. We spent many hours just walking around, and most of the town (so it seems) is an array of historical buildings, half-timbered houses, towers, etc. The church tops in the center of town gave us a good sense of orientation. Without them, we would have gotten lost once an hour. At least.

This is the Ritterturm (Knights’ Tower) in 2019.

and many years ago…

This is an usual view of the St.Georg Church (from left to right), the empty facade of a half-timbered house, a residence with laundry hanging outside, and a very modern glass addition on the Maison du Pain d’Alsace Museum.

The Witches’ Tower in 2019…

and a long time ago…

We had dinner at the ‘Brasserie Chez Youpel’ and my husband actually managed to eat all of his Choucroute platter.

 

Humanist Library of Sélestat, France

Beatus Rhenanus, a German humanist, religious reformer, classical schoolar and book collector died in Strasbourg at the age of 62. When he first noticed his failing health, he made arrangements for his personal library to go to his hometown, Sélestat.

In 2011, this collection was added to the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register. The library – not only for its rare content, but also for its beautiful interior design – is amazing.

Tickets are € 6 per adult. Be prepared, they also ask for your ‘code postal’, which to my ears sounded like ‘carte postale’, and I said, ‘Non, merci.’ 🙂

For more information, write to: contact@bibliotheque-humaniste.fr

Historical Postcard of Hotel Cour du Corbeau in Strasbourg

We have stayed at the Hotel Cour du Corbeau in Strasbourg a couple of times. Just a couple of weeks ago, I ran across this historical postcard, showing the building in its former stage.

It might be safe to assume this postcard is from around 1930, because this was the year the Cour du Corbeau was listed as a historic monument.

Cour du Corbeau, Strasbourg, ca. 1930

For more about its history, visit MGallery Cour du Corbeau

For a more contemporary one, you can read my blog post: 24 hours in Strasbourg

Aerial Views over Askren Manor and Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

These photos of Akren Manor and Ledward Barracks have been given to me by the photographer, Thomas Liepert, and are now published with his friendly permission.

The first three photos were taken by Thomas taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the annual Volksfest (01 – 11 June 2018).

 

 

The following photos were taken around the same time, but obviously closer to the ground.

 

Debris and Neon Lights

House 460 at Askren Manor in Schweinfurt, Germany

In my line of work, I run across some interesting research inquiries. One of my readers would like to know more about the history of the house 460 at Askren Manor, which he purchased in 2016 (after the U.S. Military left in September 2014, and the installation was returned to the German government)An. With his permission, I publish the photos he mailed me to help with the research.

This is what the new owner, Thomas S., has to say:

I grew up near Schweinfurt (village of Arnstein) and two years ago, I bought a house at Askren Manor. It’s the one next to the General’s house (the army number was 460). Unfortunately, not much remains of its old army history these days. I really would like to find out more about what happened here within the last 70 years. I would be very interested in knowing more about the house’s history, its former tenants, photos, etc.

House 460 at Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

 

Rear view of House 460 at Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

 

460 Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

If by any chance, you know someone who lived in house 460, have any photos of it from before 2016, or used to play with the kids from house 460, etc., please get in touch with me. Any information would be appreciated. I will then connect you with Mr. Thomas Siebert. He would love to hear from you.

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