Bordeaux, a giant UNESCO World Heritage site

photo Juan di nella
06 Oct 2017

Bordeaux, a giant UNESCO World Heritage site

Located in the southwest of France near the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux has long been associated exclusively with its wine production.

But since 2007, this magnificent city has a new status: listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is now one of the most beautiful places in France to discover with more 1,810 hectares of historical scope (one of the largest ever designated by UNESCO).


A model of urban and architectural expression

Bordeaux is an ancient city dating from the Neolithic period. In the past centuries, it had been shaped by many civilizations (Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, British, Moorish) and numerous influences (Baroque, Golden Age, Art Deco, Renaissance etc...). Its classical and neoclassical architectures remained very well preserved for over two centuries, as witnessed by its Place De la Bourse and Grand Théâtre.

A plethora of monuments

Bordeaux counts nearly 350 buildings classified Historic buildings. Among these, the Saint-André Cathedral (Gothic architecture, 12th century), the Porte Cailhau (15th century), the Notre Dame Church (Baroque, 17th century), the Grosse Cloche (15th century), and the Pey Berland Tower (Gothic, 15th century).

Cathédrale Saint-André bordeaux

Historical neighborhoods with strong identity

Bordeaux center is made of 8 different neighborhoods, all enabling to travel back in time from the antiquity to the 18th century. The main four are Saint Michel and Saint Pierre with their numerous remains of the Middle Ages and good restaurants, the Chartrons, antiquarian district, and the neighborhood of the City Hall, with its high end shops and Grand Théâtre (Bordeaux Opera).

A city of unusual places

Built at the Age of Enlightenment and renamed Port of the Moon, the port of Bordeaux is also a great example of architecture and a witness of the many cultural exchanges that took place in the city over the past two centuries.

port de la lune Bordeaux

The Quinconces meanwhile, is the largest square in Europe, built between 1918 and 1928 on the ruins of the Chateau Trompette. His monument to the Girondins is just as impressive as sumptuous.

Another feature of Bordeaux is the Rue Sainte Catherine, a pedestrian shopping street of over 1 300 meters that connects the Place de la Comedie (where the Grand Theater is located) to the place de la Victoire, and the path of which there are many old historic buildings (including the University Victor Segalen).

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Discovering key monuments and neighborhoods with museum visit

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Duration: 1 day

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