Pretty Old Things in Strasbourg- Stone and Wood Carvings

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Quai de Pecheurs

After a four-week absence, the sun finally appeared in the Strasbourg sky on Monday. Knowing that it would go into hiding again the next day, I took a walk along the Quai de Pecheurs and the Quai des Bateliers on the eastern side of the circular canal that surrounds the city center. The small shops that line it are some of the oldest in Strasbourg, dating back to medieval times. Modern reconstructions have been added to many of them (new door frames or apartments above); but a closer look at their windows, doorways and support beams reveal intricate stone or wood carvings that add a barely noticeable ancient touch to the shops and preserve their charming oldness. Some are gargoyles that were thought to ward off evil spirits; others indicate the type of artisan that once worked there. Some are religious and others pay homage to ancient rulers:

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