Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hansel and Gretel were here......

Strasbourg is packed with architectural gems. Some houses are picked out of a fairy tale, like this house located on the left corner of Rue Mercière and Rue du Vieil Hôpital. It looks like it has inspired a fairy tale by Brothers Grimm, highly ornate, like the Maison Kammerzell by the Cathedral itself.

Rue Mercière is a narrow street that leads directly up to the cathedral. Along this ancient narrow street you find similar houses. Still, this house is one of my favourites. Very narrow and long, with statues, faces and other ornaments carved out of century old wood.

Here you find a great souvenir shop, where you may buy post cards and traditional products. But I would recommend you to go closer and study the details carved into the wood.

Like this guy. A bishop, prince, king? Whatever position he once had, he has been immortalized, carved into one of the old beams of the gingerbread house in Rue Mercière.

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