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Périmètre UNESCO - Scènes de vie
© Périmètre UNESCO - Scènes de vie

Bordeaux, a world heritage site

  • 5 km
  • 2 h
  • Easy
  • In the city center

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 architechture

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.


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. 

Cours du chapeau rouge
© Teddy Verneuil - @lezbroz
L'été place Pey Berland
© Nicolas Duffaure
Fête de la musique - Palais Rohan
© Nicolas Duffaure
© Nicolas Duffaure
Porte Cailhau
© Nicolas Duffaure
VIEUX BORDEAUX - Place de la Bourse
© Nicolas Duffaure

Bordeaux world heritage

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.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6:30pm
  • Sundays and public holiday: 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

How to get there

See on the map

2-8, place de la Bourse
33 000 Bordeaux

Tél. 05 56 48 04 24