Bordeaux: An Architectural Journey

Published on February 16, 2017
  • La cité du Vin

    La cité du Vin

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  • Bordeaux et la Garonne

    Bordeaux et la Garonne

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  • Audithorium Thomas Jefferson - La cité du Vin

    Audithorium Thomas Jefferson - La cité du Vin

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  • Centre ville de Bordeaux

    Centre ville de Bordeaux

    © Thomas Sanson

Bordeaux: An Architectural Journey Bordeaux fr

Since the mid-1990s, Bordeaux has been undertaking in-depth work to promote its history and architecture. The city therefore has 350 buildings listed or registered as historical monuments, including 3 UNESCO World Heritage religious buildings by way of the St James Pilgrimage route.

A Route Rich in Architecture

Right in the city centre, the Grand Théâtre and the Cours du Chapeau Rouge are perfect to start an "architectural" stroll. Not far away, the Place de la Bourse, built in 1730, is the first great work of Bordeaux urban planning of the 18th century. From there, following the banks, you arrive at Porte Cailhau, built in 1494 to honour Charles VIII. Continue through Saint-Pierre, a very lively neighbourhood in the centre, which showcases the medieval origins of the city, with the Great Bell symbolising the municipal authority.

 

A Surprising Urban Transformation

Pey-Berland square has been completely redesigned with the arrival of the tram line. Between the Pey-Berland tower and the Saint-André cathedral, you will see two of the city's complex monuments. A little further along, the city hall stands between courtyard and garden. Then, head to Gambetta square, you will pass by mansions, imposing residences and a monumental gate, which demonstrate the extent to which this city is steeped in history.

 

A More Modern Bordeaux

Then go to Quai de Bacalan and visit the Cité du Vin, a unique space dedicated to wine culture. It promises to show wine in a different light. With an area of 13,350m2 spread over 10 floors standing 55 metres tall, the Cité du Vin has a really contemporary architecture. 200m from there, the Chaban-Delmas bridge, between the Pont de Pierre and the Pont d’Aquitaine bridges, opened in 2013, is a wonderful example of modern architecture. On the way back to Bordeaux city centre, you will discover the reflective pool opposite the Place de la Bourse or you can head off to explore the left bank for another stroll.

 

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