Strasbourg’s Iron Man

In a recent post I showed a tram in Strasbourg stopped at the Place de l’homme du fer – which you can roughly translate as Iron Man Square.  If you are curious about how it got its name, just have a short look around and you’ll quickly see this man in armor hanging on the wall:

And he looks even more impressive close up:

This used to be the location of an armory, and the original coat of arms was hung up in the year 1740.  What you see here, however, is just a replica – fortunately, the original has been moved to a museum to be preserved.