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10 Best Tourist Attractions in Bordeaux, France

Ishwari Pamu Jul 22, 2019
Called as the “Port of the Moon”, the world’s wine capital is so much more to offer than just wine. Here are a few places in the city that are worth visiting.

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Place de la Bourse

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Built in the 18th century, it symbolizes city’s break from the medieval old town walls. Right across the road is Miroir d’Eau, the largest reflecting pool in the world which gives an impeccable reflection of the Place de la Bourse.

Cathédrale Saint-André

This magnificent Gothic style cathedral is the city’s most iconic landmark and an architectural masterpiece.

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Le Grand Théâtre

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Designed by Victor Louis in the late 1700s, this Neoclassical opera theatre features 12 Corinthian style colossal columns and was thought of as the temple of the Arts and Light.

Bordeaux Vineyards

It is the second largest wine producing area on the planet. Though deciding where to start your wine tour can be dizzyingly confusing, Saint-Émilion, Sauternes and Médoc are worth visiting.

Porte Cailhau

Built it the late 1400s, it served as a triumphal arch as well as the city’s defense against invaders.

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La Grosse Cloche

This old belfry once housed a small prison for juvenile delinquents who were kept behind doors 10 cm thick.

Esplanade des Quinconces

At 12 hectares, it’s the largest public space in the city. The iconic fountain was built in the honor of Gironde political group.

Canelés

These small pastries, made with vanilla, rum and cane sugar, are the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of Bordeaux. And boy are they delicious!

Basilique Saint-Michel

Though the chapel saw some tough times during the revolution, it still stands in all its glory and is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city.

Librairie Mollat

The largest independent bookstore in France, it has 15 distinct book departments and a collection of more than 265,000 books.