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  • 1 Grand Théâtre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Comédie F - 33025 Bordeaux

    Built from 1773 to 1780 by architect Victor Louis in pure neo-Classical style, this is one of the most beautiful theatres in France. The refined interior staircase inspired Garnier for his Opéra de Paris. The auditorium is made up of pillars, ramps, ..

  • 2 Musée d'Aquitaine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 cours Pasteur F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Housed in the faculty of literature and science's old building, this museum traces mankind's history in Aquitaine from prehistory to the present day through extensive collections displayed over two floors. The section devoted to Bordeaux's Golden Age..

  • 3 Place de la Bourse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Bourse F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This pretty horseshoe-shaped square was built from 1730 to 1755, based on the layouts of architects Gabriel father and son. It is hemmed in by two typical buildings with columns on the upper levels bearing triangular pediments: to the north the Palai..

  • 4 Church of Notre-Dame Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. Mably F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This former Dominican chapel was built at the end of the 17C. The central door's bas relief shows the Virgin Mary giving the rosary to St Dominique, hence the name Notre Dame (Our Lady). The somewhat over-worked façade is in the Jesuit style. The int..

  • 5 Basilica of St Michel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Canteloup F - 33800 Bordeaux

    Construction of this basilica started in 1350 and continued for two centuries, hence the numerous styles in evidence. The building is of imposing dimensions. The modern stained-glass windows behind the main altar are by Max Ingrand.

  • 6 Decorative Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    39 r. Bouffard F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Housed in the 18C Hôtel de Lalande, the museum has two floors of collections of ceramics, majolica, earthenware, furniture and, on the attic storey, pre-18C objects (champlevé enamels).

  • 7 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux Interesting

    Museums and art

    20 cours d'Albret F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This museum is in the north gallery of the town hall's garden and houses fine 15C-20C artworks. Note The Man with his Hand on his Heart (historically attributed to Franz Hals), the great Wedding Dance by Brueghel the Elder, a painting by Delacroix an..

  • 8 Cathedral of St André Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Pey-Berland F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame in Paris, this majestic church has a Royal Door that is famous for its Gothic sculptures, and inside a beautiful nave with a Gothic chancel. Beautiful Renaissance organ.

  • 9 Museum of Contemporary Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    7 r. Ferrère F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Housed in an old 19C wool warehouse for colonial goods, this is a huge space, where contemporary art collections are displayed in rotation, major exhibitions and even unique works which blend in with the magnificent architecture of the place.

  • 10 Chartrons District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Verdun F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Betwen the Quai des Chartrons and the Cours de Verdun, Portal and Saint-Louis, this quarter is named afer the Carthusians who were established here before leaving in the 15C to make way for an enormous wine depot. In the 18C, Bordeaux merchants built..

  • 11 Porte Cailhau Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Palais F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Built in 1495, this theatrical triumphal arch mixes decorative and defensive elements and was dedicated to Charles VIII. The name Cailhau probably comes from the word "cailloux" (meaning "pebbles") that the River Garonne deposited..

  • 12 Porte de la Grosse Cloche Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-James F - 33000 Bordeaux

    With its two towers and large bell, this gate is an emblem of Bordeaux. Saved from demolition when a larger belfry structure was taken down, the gate is greatly loved by the people of the town, to the extent that when the kings were unhappy with the ..

  • 13 Tour Pey-Berland Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Pey-Berland F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This tower was built in the 15th C and crowned with a steeple but it has always remained separate from Saint-André Cathedral. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the town, if you can manage the 229 steps up the narrow staircase and don't hit y..

  • 14 Water Mirror Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de la Douane F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Opposite place de la Bourse, the riverside water mirror and its granite paving by Michel Corajoud reflects elegant 18C facades, thaks to a fountain system that alternates a mirror effect (2cm of water) with a mist effect. Appealing to all ages, this ..

  • 15 Quai des Chartrons Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai des Chartrons F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Against the backdrop of 18C buildings, the Chartrons waterfront has been transformed, and is today a major feature of local life on the banks of the River Garonne. Following the conversion of the old port warehouses into cultural and commercial facil..

  • 16 Musée des Douanes

    Museums and art

    1 pl. de la Bourse F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Located in the Hôtel des Fermes, this museum tells of the story of customs and excise in France. There are two exibitions, one chronological, the other thematic (customs at the movies, in literature and comic books, the daily life and activities of a..

  • 17 Submarine Base

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Alfred-Daney F - 33000 Bordeaux

    An impressive vestige of the Second World War, the submarine base was built from 1941 to 1943 to house the German Navy's 12th Submarine Flotilla. It is now a cultural events centre, hosting temporary art exhibitions. The venue also lends its undergro..

  • 18 Palais Gallien

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. du Dr-Albert-Barraud F - 33000 Bordeaux

    A few bays and arcades are all that remain of this Roman amphitheatre which, covered with grass and plants, makes for a romantic location. Its wooden seating structure could in its heyday accommodate up to 15 000 spectators.

  • 19 Rue Fernand-Philippart

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Fernand-Philippart F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Leading from place de la Bourse to place du Parlement, this street is lined with Louis XV façades - ground floor arcades, two storeys of tall windows topped with grotesque figures, and balconies embellished with ironwork.

  • 20 Place du Palais

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Palais F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Where is the palace this square is named after? It was the Palais de l'Ombrière, where the kings of England stayed and where, from 1642, the Bordeaux Parliament sat. It was demolished in 1800, making way for a street that was naturally named rue du P..

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