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Heritage Tour Bordeaux UNESCO

Heritage Tour Bordeaux UNESCO
Credit : Office de tourisme de Bordeaux

Description

Some 1810 hectares of the city of Bordeaux were listed as a unesco World Heritage site on 28th June 2007.This remarkably large area encompasses almost the whole of the city inside the outer boulevards, including the "Port of the Moon" (so called because of the crescent shape formed by a bend in the Garonne) and the opposite riverbank.

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Difficulty
Easy
Dist.
5.1 km
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Starting point

3 Cours du 30 Juillet , 33000 Bordeaux
Lat : 44.84364Lng : -0.5745

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Tourist Office

A beautiful neoclassical building, completed around 1820.

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Monument aux Girondins

A statue entitled "Liberty Breaking her Chains" stands atop a 43-metre column, in homage to representatives of the Gironde department guillotined during the French Revolution.

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Maison Gobineau

Wine house of Bordeaux The architect of the Grand-Théâtre designed this triangular-shaped building, forming a wedge between the allées de Tourny and the future place des Quinconces.

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Grand Théâtre

The Grand Theatre was built by Victor Louis from 1773 to 1780. This major architectural heritage site, which now houses the Bordeaux National Opera, is 88 metres long and 47 metres wide, fronted by a portico with twelve stone statues: the nine muses, accompanied by Minerva, Venus, and Juno. A monumental staircase leads to the theatre entrance.

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Hôtel Acquart

Spectacular neo-classical decor. Two huge caryatids support the first floor balcony. They are in the form of sea gods, half bulging from the wall, their necks curved outward and their arms resting on the arcades.

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Eglise Notre-Dame

Constructed by the Jacobins. The Notre-Dame church is characteristic of the Counter Reformation building of the period.

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Cour Mably

Part of the former Dominican monastery, now the headquarters of the Regional Chamber of Accounts and an exhibition venue.

3 rue mably 33000 bordeaux
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Porte Dijeaux

Built by Voisin, 1748-1753, sculpted by Francin. One of the city's monumental gateways.

90 rue de la porte dijeaux 33000 Bordeaux
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Palais Rohan, Hôtel de Ville

The Palais Rohan was built by Joseph Étienne and Richard-François Bonfin, starting in 1771 and completed in 1783. After the French Revolution, in 1800, it became the Gironde administrator's residence, then an imperial and royal residence, until it became the city hall in 1837. Drawing room with carved wood panelling by Barthélemy Cabirol; the dinning room decorated with paintings by Pierre Lacour; Municipal Council chamber of Second Empire architecture.

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Cathédrale Saint-André (12e - 16e siècles) et Tour Pey-Berland (15e siècle)

This square, laid out in the 19th century, together with Cours d'Alsace-et-Lorraine, when buildings around the cathedral were demolished, was redesigned when the new urban light rail system was built. This free-standing bell-tower next to Saint-André cathedral is 8 metres square and offers magnificent views over the city. Construction of the tower started in 1440, on the initiative of Archbishop Pey-Berland. The statue of Our Lady Lady or Aquitaine was installed on the top of the tower in the 19th century.

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Musée d'Aquitaine

Built to house the school of arts and sciences, this building has been a museum devoted to the Aquitaine region since 1987. Permanent collections relate the history of Aquitaine, and in particular Bordeaux, from prehistoric times to the present.

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La Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche is the only vestige of a 13th century defensive. Until the French Revolution, the bell in this ancient tower was rung to mark all the city's major events. The bell, produced in 1775 by the Turmel foundry, wieghts 7,800 kg. She is rung five times a year at eleven o'clock: 1 January, 8 May, 14 July, 28 August (commemorating the liberation of Bordeaux in 1944), and 11 November.

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Place Fernand-Lafargue

This former market place (1155) was the site of the stocks.

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Place du Palais

This square marks the site of the Palais de l'Ombrière (12th-18th centuries) and now boasts fine examples of 17th to 19th century architecture.

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Porte Cailhau

A panoramic view 23 metres above the river. This former fortified gate (1493-1496) is dedicated to French King Charles VIII, victor at the battle of Fornova (Italy). This is obviously a military structure, equipped with a portcullis and topped by sturdy machicolations, but the approaching Renaissance had already introduced new architectural features: mullioned windows and decorative sculpture.

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Maison du Pélerin

Pilgrim House. Beautiful set of buildings built in 1760. It is nowadays the House of Pilgrims (welcoming point of pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela).

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Eglise Saint-Pierre

Saint-Pierre Church. Built in the 14th-15th centuries on the site of a Gallo-Roman harbour and renovated in the 19th century.

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Place du Parlement

Created in 1754 on orders from the royal administrator, Marquis de Tourny, for use as a market square. The central fountain was designed by Louis Garros in 1865.

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Place de la Bourse

The royal administrator, Boucher, commissioned the extraordinary place Royale, with its superb view of the river. A central pavilion is framed by the Hôtel des Fermes on the left and the Palais de la Bourse on the right. Architectural and heritage interpretation center located 2 Place de la Bourse. It is a major site so as to discover Bordeaux, its sites and monuments. Open to public every day and accessible for disabled people.

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Fontaine des trois Grâces

According to a drawing of Louis Visconti.

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Hôtel des Fermes

Goods arriving at the port of Bordeaux were recorded in this building, which now houses the National Customs and Excise Museum.

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Miroir d'eau

A key feature of the Garonne waterfront redevelopment project. It is the largest mirror of the world (3450m2). Every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm with mirror and mist effects. This magical effects have been created by hydrolic engineer Jean-Marc Llorca. A refreshing stopping place in summer.

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Palais de la Bourse

The Royal Square, together with this hotel de la Bourse where the price of goods was fixed in the 18th century.

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Hôtel Boyer-Fonfrède

This lovely townhouse is famous for its spiral staircase, audaciously designed with self-supporting steps.

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Hôtel Saige

Inspired by the Mancini Palace (Rome).

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Hôtel de Laubardemont

Interesting example of Bordeaux architecture during the reign of Henri IV.

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