Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site
Some 1,810 hectares of Bordeaux are listed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You will delight in discovering this remarkable area. In fact, it comprises most of the city between the outer boulevards and the Port of the Moon, i.e. the crescent shape bend formed by the Garonne, as well as the strip of land along the right bank.
Bordeaux's monumental architecture
This circuit takes a little over two hours on foot (not including museum visits).
It starts out from the main Tourist Office in the centre of Bordeaux, housed in a building that is an interesting example of neo-classic architecture. A stone's throw away, the Place des Quinconces is on the site of the former Château Trompette reconstructed by Louis XIV after the Fronde. This is overlooked by the Girondins Monument (1), a unique example of 19th century French civil architecture.
Along with the Grand Théâtre (3), the Cours du Chapeau-Rouge (3) is undoubtedly the most "royal" street on this circuit, epitomised by buildings in a textbook neo-classic style. Opening onto the river, 18th century Place de la Bourse (15) was Bordeaux's first major urban project. Built in 1730, it was the first of many far-reaching transformations and became the centre of a new district. Continuing along the quays, one comes to the Porte Cailhau (12), a Renaissance triumphal arch constructed in 1494 in honour of King Charles VIII. Memories of the Middle Ages are kept alive in the Saint-Pierre district, where the street names reflect their Anglo-Gascon origin. The culmination of this tour, the Grosse Cloche (10), symbolises municipal authority and features the city's medieval coat of arms.
Located in a pedestrian precinct since the tramway was introduced, Saint- André cathedral and Pey-Berland Tower (8) are two complex and attractive monuments. Going towards Place Gambetta (6), the Palais Rohan (7) on your left was the former archbishop's residence and became the Town Hall in 1835. The courtyard and garden are very attractive. Along the way, sumptuous town houses and imposing residences with monumental doors and harmonious facades show the scale of the urban renewal project undertaken by royal intendant Tourny and his successors. Bordeaux had changed so much by 1757 that a Swede, Hallman, wrote to Linnaeus: "Anyone who has not seen this city for a few years would now find it unrecognisable". This transformation continues today, but with utmost respect for the past.
Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial
Bordeaux labelled as a "City of Art and History" and listed as a "Word Heritage Site" by UNESCO, opened a place dedicated to its heritage, the history of the city and major urban projects.
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