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Must See Sights of Bordeaux


Bordeaux, the pearl of south-west France, is renowned for its exquisite wine, elegant architecture and vibrant atmosphere. But beyond the grand châteaux and famous vineyards, the city is full of hidden treasures worth exploring. In this blog, we'll take you on a tour of Bordeaux's must-see places, places steeped in history, culture and charm.

 


Place de la Bourse

 

The Place de la Bourse is Bordeaux's architectural jewel. Built between 1730 and 1775 under the supervision of royal architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it symbolises the height of the city's prosperity in the 18th century. The Hôtel de la Bourse, which dominates the square, is a remarkable example of French classical architecture. With its majestic colonnades and ornate facade, it is an impressive sight, especially when the sun sets and the reflections mingle on the Miroir d'Eau, creating a dazzling play of light.

 


Place de la Bourse





The Porte Cailhau

 

The Porte Cailhau, nicknamed the "Palace Gate", is an imposing vestige of Bordeaux's medieval fortifications. Built in the 15th century to celebrate Charles VIII's victory at Fornoue in Italy, it once served as the city's main gateway. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture and sculptural details make it a remarkable example of Renaissance art in France. Climbing to the top of the gate rewards visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, offering a unique perspective on the red-tiled roofs and surrounding historic monuments.



The Porte Cailhau





Saint-André Cathedral

 

The Basilica of the Primate Saint-André in Bordeaux, located on Place Pays-Berlin, is the most impressive place of worship in Bordeaux, a city in the Gironde department of France's Nouvelle Aquitaine region. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux. It was consecrated on 1 May 1096 by Pope Urban II while he was on a mission during the First Crusade. It was rebuilt in Gothic style between the 12th and 16th centuries. Two royal weddings were celebrated in this church in 1137: the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine, then aged 15, to the future Frankish king Louis VII. In November 1615, Anne of Austria, King of Spain, married Louis XIII, King of Navarre, France.



Saint-André Cathedral





The city of Wine

 

The city of Wine is a temple dedicated to wine, offering an immersive experience through centuries of wine culture. Located in a futuristic tower-like building on the quays of the Garonne, this institution offers interactive exhibitions, sensory workshops and guided tastings. Visitors can explore vineyards from around the world, learn about winemaking techniques and discover the influence of wine on art, music and gastronomy.



The city of Wine





The Public Garden

 

Created in the 19th century in the style of English gardens, the Public Garden is a haven of peace in the heart of Bordeaux. Its vast lawns, shady paths and tranquil ponds make it a popular place to relax for locals and visitors alike. The garden is also home to a rich collection of trees and plants, as well as a botanical garden with tropical greenhouses. It's the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, take a contemplative break or simply stroll in harmony with nature.



The Public Garden

 




Bordeaux is full of hidden treasures that bear witness to its rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Whether you're a history buff, wine enthusiast or nature lover, this dynamic city will win you over with its diversity and timeless charm. So take the time to explore these must-see places and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Bordeaux.


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