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Coordinates: 48°15′37″N 7°27′18″E / 48.26027778°N 7.455°E / 48.26027778; 7.455

Commune of Sélestat

EU-FR-AL-67-Sélestat Église Saint-Georges 01.jpg
Saint-Georges Church
Location
Sélestat is located in France
Sélestat
Administration
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Sélestat
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Sélestat et environs
Mayor Marcel Bauer
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 165–184 m (540–600 ft)
(avg. 173 m/570 ft)
Land area1 44.40 km2 (17.14 sq mi)
Population2 19,459  (2006)
 - Density 438 /km2 (1,130 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 67462/ 67600
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Sélestat (French: Sélestat, pronounced: [selɛsta]; Alsatian: Schlestatt or Schlettstadt, [ˈʃlɛd̥ʃd̥ɐd̥]; German: Schlettstadt) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

In 2006, Sélestat had a total population of 19,459.[1] The Communauté de communes de Sélestat et environs had a total population of 35,397.[2]

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Geography

Sélestat is located in central Alsace, 22 km (14 mi) north of Colmar and 47 km (29 mi) south of Strasbourg, on the left bank of the Ill River.

Sélestat is near the Alsace wine route, and other notable sites such as the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

Main sights

The city is one of the richest and most varied in terms of architecture among the smaller cities of Alsace. Most remarkable are the romanesque church Sainte-Foy and the gothic St. George's Church, the baroque clock tower (1618) and the neo-mediæval water tower. Buildings like the town hall (1788), the railway station (1880s) and the synagogue (1890s), as well as several Renaissance and Baroque civil houses are similarly noteworthy.

The Humanist Library displays one of the oldest and most homogenous collection of medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books in Europe. Its core is the still almost intact library of Beatus Rhenanus, that had been bequeathed to the city and kept by it ever since.

Sélestat AM transmitter

South of Sélestat, at Template:Coord/display/title, inline, is a large broadcasting facility used for transmitting on 1161 kHz and 1278 kHz in the mediumwave range.

The facility consists of two directional antenna systems, each for one frequency. Each of the system consists of three guyed base-fed mast radiators insulated against ground, about 60 m high, which are arranged on a line with a little bow to deserve precisely the Alsatian Plain.

Notable people

Twin towns

See also

References

External links

Wikisource-logo.svg "Schlettstadt". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.  

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Saint-Georges Church
Saint-Georges Church

Sélestat is in the middle of Alsace. It is home to the humanist library. Nearby is the deer reserve with unusual wildlife.

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