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  • 1 Place du Palais

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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..

  • 2 Rue de la Rousselle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de la Rousselle F - 33000 Bordeaux

    In this street, there are long-established shops selling wine, seed or salted fish. Their raised ground floor and lower basement layout is typical. At n°25 stands the house of a former mayor of Bordeaux, Michel de Montaigne.

  • 3 Impasse de la Rue Neuve

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    impasse de la Rue-Neuve F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This no through road retains a 14C wall with twin windows. Beyond the gate is the house of Jeanne de Lartigue (Montesquieu's wife) with arcading surmounted by busts.

  • 4 Church of Ste Croix

    Religious buildings

    Place Pierre-Renaudel F - 33800 Bordeaux

    Built in the 12C-13C (and extensively restored in the 19C), this church has a beautiful façade in the Saintongeais Romanesque style. Note the curious sculptures representing greed and the carved window arches around the central door.

  • 5 Place de la Victoire

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place de la Victoire F - 33000 Bordeaux

    The Aquitaine Gate sits somewhat awkwardly in the middle of place de la Victoire; the numerous bars and cafes here put on regular events such as concerts and themed evenings.

  • 6 Galerie Bordelaise

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Ste-Catherine F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Built in 1833 by Gabriel-Joseph Durand, this covered passage leads from rue Ste-Catherine to the Grand Théâtre.

  • 7 Centre Jean Moulin

    Museums and art

    Place Jean-Moulin F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Letters, writings, books and radio sets recall the secret world of the Resistance and in particular Jean Moulin. On the first floor, paintings by J-J Morvan themed Nuit et Brouillard recall the Deportation, plus stories about the Free French Forces a..

  • 8 Town Hall - Palais Rohan

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Pey-Berland F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Bordeaux's town hall occupies the episcopal palace built for Archbishop Ferdinand-Maximilien Mériadeck in the 18C. The internal courtyard is separated from the street by an arcaded portico and opens onto the solemn façade of the palce. There is a sta..

  • 9 Muséum d'Histoire naturelle

    Museums and art

    5 place Bardineau F - 33000 Bordeaux

    With its mineralogical, palaeontological and zoological collections, this museum housed in an 18th C house by the public gardens has a certain old world charm.

  • 10 Basilica of St Seurin

    Religious buildings

    Place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This basilica was built in the 11C and remodelled in the 18C. It has some interesting Romanesque capitals on the west porch, a lovely bishop's throne made of stone, an altarpiece with 14 alabaster bas-reliefs and some fine sarcophagae in the crypt.

  • 11 St-Seurin Paleochristian Site

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance F - 33000 Bordeaux

    A necropolis, frescoes, sarcophagi and amphora: this archaeological museum reveals the art of the early Christians.

  • 12 Mériadeck Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Claude-Bonnier F - 33000 Bordeaux

    This district of offices, administrative buildings and shopping centres has numerous glass and concrete buildings of varying forms, linked by elevated passageways, interspersed by green areas with fountains and ponds. Buildings of interest include th..

  • 13 Musée des Chartrons

    Museums and art

    41 rue Borie F - 33000 Bordeaux

    The museum occupies three fine vaulted cellars (typical of the Chartrons district), and traces the history of the Bordeaux wine trade. Many artefacts and visual aids set the scene, explaining the history of the leading dynasties, wine classification,..

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