Like the one at Saint-Michel, Pey Berland belltower offers a unique view of Bordeaux, although neither Quasimodo nor Esmeralda can be found there...
Saint-André cathedral's original 12th century tower was insufficiently squat to support the weight of the tenor bell. It was thus decided to build a dedicated free-standing tower next to the cathedral in 1440.
The Pey-Berland Tower was long one of the tallest buildings in the city. Unfortunately, a storm in 1617 ripped out the rostrum and this was replaced with a cross.
In 1853, a huge tenor bell was attached to the belltower's beams. Weighing 11 tonnes, it is the fourth largest in France. You need a good pair of lungs to walk up the 229 steps to the top of the tower (50 metres), but this is well worth the effort because the view of Bordeaux and its monuments is outstanding.
The bell tower is open every day of the week except Monday.
Services & equipments, comfort
- From 01/10/2017 until 31/12/2017
- From 10h00 to 12h30 until 14h00 to 17h30
- Closed on Monday
Exceptionnally closed on the 10th and 11th of June
- Place Pey-Berland
- 33000 BORDEAUX
Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville - Mériadeck
- +33 5 56 81 26 25