Bordeaux is a city rich in cultural heritages, classified in the UNESCO world heritage. Buildings full of history, beautiful gardens and the Garonne’s docks where life is very pleasant. So much to discover! Let us linger a little over some essential historical monuments of the city centre...
LA PORTE CAILHAU
Beautiful, large, majestic… In spite of its old age (built in 1494) the Cailhau gate kept a graceful silhouette making the charm of the place du Palais. 35 meters high, it is one of the first defensive walls of Bordeaux. Inside, we can discover an exhibition of materials and tools used to build it. While going up in the monument, since his beautiful frames of oak, we reach a superb view overlooking the stone bridge.
With its splendid frontage composed of twelve columns ornamented with stone statues reproducing the three goddesses and nine Muses, the Big Theatre of Bordeaux is a central monument of the city. Welcoming the operas of Versailles or Turin, it has one of the most beautiful auditoriums of the 18th century in the World. Moreover, the restorations of these last years gave it its original splendour back, reviving the magnificent frescoes and paintings…
LE PONT DE PIERRE
Built in 1822 under Napoleon, it is the oldest bridge of Bordeaux. The stone bridge and its seventeen arches allowed to unify for the first time both banks of the Garonne. During 150 years it had been the only bridge between the historical town in the left bank, and the fortified town district in the right bank. Today there are more than six other bridges in the city, but the Stone Bridge keeps its unique place in the heart of the Bordeaux residents, who like it for its elegance.
Get caught by this outstanding heritage in Bordeaux city centre!