Beautiful old areas, new exciting architecture and religious world heritage buildings – come along on a stroll in « Petit Paris ».
Even though Bordeaux is sometimes called « Petit Paris », it is very much its own. Since the mid-1990s the city has been undertaking in-depth work to secure its history and architecture.
Bordeaux, therefore, has 350 buildings listed or registered as historical monuments, including 3 UNESCO World Heritage religious buildings by way of the St James Pilgrimage route.
It is the perfect place to go on a stroll to see architectural styles spanning several centuries.
A Route Rich in Architecture
Right in the city centre, the Grand Théâtre and the Cours du Chapeau Rouge are perfect to start an "architectural" stroll. Not far away, the Place de la Bourse, built in 1730, is the first great work of Bordeaux urban planning of the 18th century. From there, following the banks, you arrive at Porte Cailhau, built in 1494 to honor Charles VIII. Continue through Saint-Pierre, a very lively neighborhood in the center, which showcases the medieval origins of the city, with the Great Bell symbolizing the municipal authority.
A Surprising Urban Transformation
Pey-Berland square has been completely redesigned with the arrival of the tram line. Between the Pey-Berland tower and the Saint-André cathedral, you will see two of the city's complex monuments. A little further along, the city hall stands between courtyard and garden. Then, head to Gambetta square, you will pass by mansions, imposing residences and a monumental gate, which demonstrate the extent to which this city is steeped in history.
A More Modern Bordeaux
Then go to Quai de Bacalan and visit the Cité du Vin, a unique space dedicated to wine culture. It promises to show wine in a different light. With an area of 13,350m2 spread over 10 floors standing 55 metres tall, the Cité du Vin has a really contemporary architecture. 200m from there, the Chaban-Delmas bridge, between the Pont de Pierre and the Pont d’Aquitaine bridges, opened in 2013, is a wonderful example of modern architecture. On the way back to Bordeaux city centre, you will discover the reflective pool opposite the Place de la Bourse or you can head off to explore the left bank for another stroll.