La Petite France is a picturesque summary of Alsace with its half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, its canals and narrow streets. It is one of the oldest districts of Strasbourg, built along the Ill - this river that originates in the Alsatian Jura and which, before flowing into the Rhine, is divided into two arms to encircle the historic centre of Strasbourg. Fishermen, millers and tanners used to live and work in this area. The houses kept the steep roofs in stairs that housed the attics where the skins were dried. Stop in front of the beautiful Maison des Tanneurs dating from 1572, it was transformed into a restaurant in 1949 and you can taste everything that makes the reputation of Alsatian gastronomy. La Petite France owes its name to "mal français", in other words the small pox or syphilis that Francis I's soldiers came to treat in the local hospital in the 16th century. Then push on to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, from the panoramic terrace you will have an exceptional overview.
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