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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg (German Strassburg) is a river-port city of northeastern France located on the Rhine, which constitutes the border with Germany. The old city is an island in the Ill River; canals link the rest of the city to the Rhine, the Rhône, and the Marne rivers.

Strasbourg was built as a German city, but was seized by Louis XIV in 1681 and officially ceded to France in 1697. The twelfth-century Cathedral of Notre Dame and the eighteenth-century palace, the Château des Rohans, are among the most notable landmarks. Strasbourg's porcelain and china industry was famous in the eighteenth century, and the city was the home of Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, who in 1792 composed the Revolutionary national anthem, "La Marseillaise."