Itinerary of Bordeaux and surroundings in 7 days, France.
Itinerary of Bordeaux: Sites of interest in Bordeaux
Since 2007, almost the entire center of Bordeaux has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, the “Moonport” is an exceptional urban and architectural ensemble: a true gem of the Enlightenment, the famous Lumière. Did you know that Bordeaux is, after Paris, the French city with the most protected buildings? The Tourist Office offers a route through the heart of this extraordinary area (1,810 hectares) so that you can explore the city and UNESCO attractions in Bordeaux in all its splendor at your own pace.
UNESCO sights in Bordeaux on a map:
UNESCO sights in Bordeaux
On the itinerary you can see:
1 MONUMENT TO THE GIRONDINS.
In honor of the people of the Gironde who died during the French Revolution, “Freedom Breaks the Chains” proudly stands atop a 43-meter column (1895-1901).
2 MAISON GOBINEAU
Bordeaux’s version of the Flatiron Building, which houses the headquarters of the CIVB (Bordeaux Multi-Purpose Wine Board) as well as a wine bar, which has been a drinking establishment since 1788.
A masterpiece of European architecture whose staircase inspired the architect of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. In front of it is a columned portico with twelve stone statues (9 muses and 3 goddesses (Minerva, Venus, Juno).
4 ÉGLISE NOTRE-DAME.
This church, built by the Dominicans, is a typical example of Baroque counter-Reformation buildings. Many period dramas were filmed on its premises.
5 PORTE DIJEAUX
A gateway to the city from the west since Roman times. They were rebuilt by Michel Voisin between 1748 and 1753. Under Louis XV they were called the Dauphin Gate in honor of the French Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI.
6 PALAIS ROHAN
This building was originally the archbishop’s palace in 1784, but in 1800 it became the prefecture of Gironde, then the imperial palace and the royal residence, until it finally became the town hall in 1837.
7 CATHÉDRALE SAINT-ANDRÉ & TOUR PEY-BERLAND
Two royal weddings took place in this Gothic-style cathedral. The first was between Eleanor of Aquitaine and the future Louis VII, and the second between Anne of Austria and Louis XIII. The Pey Berland Tower, a bell tower built in the 15th century separate from the cathedral, offers a unique view of the city (50 meters).
8 MUSÉE D’AQUITAINE
A museum dedicated to the history of Aquitaine and Bordeaux from prehistoric times to the present day.
9 GROSSE CLOCHE
The historic city bell tower and the only remnants of the old 13th century defense gate. The weathervane at the top depicts a golden lion, the symbol of the kings of England. The bell, cast in 1775, weighs 7,800 kg.
10 PLACE FERNAND-LAFARGUE
A former “old market” (1155) where a pillar of shame was once erected. Today it is, along with Rue Saint James, one of the most fashionable places in Bordeaux.
11 PORTE CAILHAU.
This defensive structure, built between 1493 and 1496 on the site of an old gatehouse, was for nearly two centuries the main entrance to the city from the river.
12 ÉGLISE SAINT-PIERRE
The church was built between the 14th and 15th centuries on the site of an old Gallo-Roman port. The square and branching cobbled streets make up the old town of Bordeaux.
13 PLACE DU PARLEMENT
The most Italian square of the city, created in 1754 by decree of the bailiff Tourni. In the center is the fountain of Louis Garros (1865).
14 PLACE DE LA BOURSE.
This work of the Enlightenment is the town square most comparable to Versailles. Formerly called the Royal Square, along with the building of the stock market, it became the place where trade prices were set in the 18th century. On the left wing is the Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial, a center of discovery that invites the public to discover the city’s history through the centuries. In the center of the square is the Fountain of the Three Graces.
15 MIROIR D’EAU
A key element of the renovation of the riverbank that took place in 2006. It is the largest water mirror in the world (3,450 m² plus an underground tank of 800 m²) and has become a symbol of the city where locals and tourists alike love to congregate.