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Just a few miles from the Dune du Pilat, Arcachon Bay, the Atlantic beaches and the region’s famous vineyards, stop off in the city of Bordeaux, a must-see for any visitor to Nouvelle-Aquitaine. With an area of around 1810 hectares, Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. The city houses more than 350 edifices of religious heritage associated with the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James.
A heritage of a City, Bordeaux
At the heart of Bordeaux are a number of fascinating monuments with more than 2500 years of extraordinary history. The Grand Théàtre, the Grosse Cloche, the Cathédrale Saint André, the Tour Pey-Berland, the Palais Rohan (the city hall of Bordeaux), the Place de la Bourse and the Place Gambetta all make a trip to the City of Art and History an unforgettable cultural experience.
A Magical Getaway
Inaugurated in 1780, Bordeaux’s Grand Théâtre welcomes theatregoers with its famous façade of 12 Corinthian columns, 12 statues, 9 muses and 3 ancient goddesses. A century after its construction, Charles Garnier visited the Grand Théâtre and became inspired to construct the staircase of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris.
Bordeaux’s Place de la Bourse was built over the course of 20 years during the 18th century. Breaking the tradition of medieval architecture in the city, the Place de la Bourse, the former Hôtel des Femmes, the Hôtel de la Bourse and the central pavilion all challenged Bordeaux’s prior architectural norms.
The Grosse Cloche is the only remaining object of architectural heritage from the city’s former bulwarks, which historically demarcated the geographical limits of Bordeaux.
The Cathédrale Saint-André, with its original Roman nave, its gates, its Gothic choir dating back to the 14th century, and its Nottingham alabaster, contains more than a thousand years of history within its walls.