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Sélestat ( , ; Alsatian: Schlestatt or Schlettstadt, ; ) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsacemarker in north-eastern Francemarker.

In 2006, Sélestat had a total population of 19,459. The Communauté de communes de Sélestat et environs had a total population of 35,397.


Sélestat is located in central Alsacemarker, north of Colmarmarker and south of Strasbourgmarker, on the left bank of the Ill Rivermarker.

Sélestat is near the Alsace wine route, and other notable sites such as the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourgmarker.


The city is one of the richest and most varied in terms of architecture among the smaller cities of Alsace. Most remarkable are the romanesque church Sainte-Foy and the gothic St. George's Churchmarker, the baroque clock tower (1618) and the neo-mediæval water tower. Buildings like the town hall (1788), the railway station (1880s) and the synagogue (1890s), as well as several Renaissance and Baroque civil houses are similarly noteworthy.

The Humanist Librarymarker displays one of the oldest and most homogenous collection of medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books in Europe. Its core is the still almost intact library of Beatus Rhenanus, that had been bequeathed to the city and kept by it ever since.

Sélestat AM transmitter

South of Sélestat at 48°15'4"N 7°25'28"E, there is a large broadcasting facility used for transmitting on 1161 kHz and 1278 kHz in the mediumwave range.The facility consists of two directional antenna systems, each for one frequency. Each of the system consists of three guyed base-fed mast radiators insulated against ground, about 60 m high, which are arranged on a line with a little bow to deserve precisely the Alsatian Plain.

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