European Parliament - where is

The European Parliament - a meeting of representatives of all nations of the European Union - is located in Strasbourg, the main city of the French region of Alsace. Strasbourg is not only the largest river port through which many goods are transported, but also an old city, where medieval quarters and historical and cultural monuments are preserved.

 

The European Parliament occupies four buildings in the northwest of the city. This complex is called the European quarter. The Council of Europe and the International Human Rights Institute are also located there. The hall in the form of an amphitheater, which hosts monthly sessions of the European Parliament, has 750 seats and is located in the building of Louise Weiss - it is named after the writer, journalist and social activist who fought for civil rights and equal rights for women.

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Louise Weiss was among those who supported the first steps to unify Europe. The total area of ​​the European Parliament building, including the 60-meter-high tower, is 220 thousand square meters. m; This is one of the largest buildings in the city.It was designed on the model of the unfinished Tower of Babel depicted in the painting by the Dutch artist Peter Bruegel the Elder. The building was completed in 2000.

 

The Parliament of Europe is not only in Strasbourg. Emergency meetings are held in the capital of Belgium, Brussels, and the secretariat is located in Luxembourg.

Strasbourg is rich in sights. This is the famous Gothic Strasbourg Cathedral, the spire of which has long been the tallest building in Europe, and the “Quarter over the water” - an old urban area where wooden houses of the XVI and XVII centuries are preserved, and Covered bridges (XIV-XVII centuries) from towers that were part of the defensive system of the city

 

The most interesting facts

In March 2007, the European Parliament celebrated its 50th birthday: the first meeting of this meeting of representatives of European nations was held in Strasbourg in 1957. Today (2010) - 736 parliamentarians are elected by Europeans from 27 countries.

Strasbourg is rich in sights. This is the famous Gothic Strasbourg Cathedral, the spire of which has long been the tallest building in Europe, and the “Quarter over the water” - an old urban area where wooden houses of the XVI and XVII centuries are preserved, and Covered bridges (XIV-XVII centuries) from towers that were part of the defensive system of the city.