Top 5 attractions in Bordeaux

Saint-André Cathedral, photo by jimwhiteheaducsc/Flickr

The spectacular city of Bordeaux is a port city located on the Garonne River, in the Gironde department, in southwestern France. It is considered as the world’s major wine industry capital. The famous wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bordeaux is a classified “City of Art and History”, being home to 362 historical monuments with some buildings dating back to Roman times. Bordeaux is home to one of Europe’s biggest 18th century architectural urban areas. It is not surprising that the city is very attractive and popular for tourists. Are you curious of the attractions the city can offer you? Read on and you will find out which are the top 5 attractions of Bordeaux.

 

Pont de Pierre

 

The Pont de pierre, or “Stone Bridge” in English connects the left bank of the Garonne River to the right bank. It was the first bridge over the Garonne River. It was planned and designed under the orders of Napoleon I, but its construction took place during the Bourbon Restoration, between 1819 and 1822. During the construction the builders were faced with many challenges because of the strong current at that point in the river. It was the only bridge until the construction of pont Saint-Jean in 1965. Today it is a gorgeous landmark of the city and a very popular attraction for tourists.

 

Pont de Pierre, photo by masev/Flickr

 

Grand Théâtre

 

It was designed by the architect Victor Louis who was also famous for designing the galleries surrounding the gardens of the Palais Royal and the Théâtre Français in Paris. The inside of the theatre was restored in 1991. The Grand Théâtre is one of the oldest opera houses of Europe which was not burnt down or rebuilt. Today the building is home to the National Opera of Bordeaux and National Ballet of Bordeaux. This huge theatre is housed in an impressive and spectacular building which attracts numerous visitors.

 

Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, photo by roger4336/Flickr

 

Saint-André Cathedral

 

Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux) is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It was built on the site of a Romanesque edifice of which only a wall in the nave remains. The building is considered a national monument of France. There is a separate bell tower, named the Tour Pey-Berland next to the cathedral. Both of them are magnificent attractions of the city. The tower was constructed between 1440 and 1500 at the initiative of the archbishop of the same name. The gorgeous tower has remained isolated from the rest of the cathedral.

 

Saint-André Cathedral, photo by jimwhiteheaducsc/Flickr

 

Musée des Beaux Arts

 

Being the fine arts museum of Bordeaux, it was established in 1801 and it is one of the largest art galleries of France. This museum can be found in the city centre, housed in the Palais Rohan. The exhibits contain collections of paintings, drawings and sculptures of which the painting collection is the largest one. It includes among others works of French and Dutch painters. Visiting the museum is the perfect choice not only for the lovers of art, but for everyone. The museum is open daily except Tuesday, from 11:00 to 18:00. There is no entry fee. (July 2012)

 

Jardin botanique de Bordeaux

 

The Jardin botanique de Bordeaux is the municipal botanical garden of the city located at Place Bardineau. This historic garden’s origins go back to 1629 AD, when it was created Bordeaux’s first medicinal garden. Today’s botanical garden was established in 1858. It includes more than 3000 species of plants. It is organized as a systematic collection. The garden’s herbarium contains about 85,000 specimens. It is open daily and there in no entry fee. (July 2012)

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