Sélestat (Sélestat, ; Alsatian: Schlettstadt, pronounced [ˈʃlɛd̥ʃd̥ɐd̥]; Schlettstadt) is a commune of northeastern France, in the Bas-Rhin département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. Population (2005): 19,200.


Sélestat is located in central Alsace, 22 km north of Colmar and 47 km south of Strasbourg, on the left bank of the Ill River.

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


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 church Saint-Georges, 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 Library 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.

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