France | Alsace

Alsatian architecture

Heir to multiple influences, Alsace boasts a remarkable architectural legacy. Timber-framed houses, generally characterized by flat clay tiles and half-timbered building fronts, are found in both the cities and the countryside. Elegant bourgeois homes, their façades divided by ornamental banding, have many bay windows. Alsace, a region long accustomed to working with stone and wrought iron, also features fine examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Vaubanesque architecture. Villages typically feature a central square with a water fountain or a defensive wall and gate.

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Storks on Tower in Ammerschwihr
France, Alsace, Upper Rhine, Ammerschwihr
Study, coloured pencil, sketchbook
Credit: Frédéric Back
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