The Grand Île in the old town called Petite-France (inside the city of Strasbourg, France) is an amazing place with lovely old houses built in the Middle Ages. It's surrounded by a lot of canals and cascades and of course the vigilance towers that protected the old town in the old times. The Grand Île was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The name Petite-France ("Little France") was not given for patriotic or architectural reasons. It comes from the "hospice of the syphilitic" (Hospice des Vérolés, in French), which was built in the late fifteenth century on this island, to cure persons with syphilis, then called the "French disease" in German, Franzosenkrankheit.