Bordeaux Travel Infos
Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.
This is the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site, cradling half the city (18 sq km) in its Unesco-listed treasure chest. From the elegant symmetry of place de la Bourse, palaces strung with stone-sculpted mascarons (faces), to tree-shaded boulevards laced with hôtels particuliers (mansions) built for 18th-century wine merchants, Bordeaux architecture is world-class. Contemporary architects continue the trend for excellence, with breathtakingly wild and beautiful creations resembling giant wine decanters, gleaming white pebbles, all sorts. An interesting portfolio of art museums embracing all periods and genres is the icing on the cake to this magnificent architectural heritage.
The city also features several beautiful plazas of which the Place de la Bourse is the most stunning with its mirror-like effect. A visit to Bordeaux would not be complete without a drive through the surrounding wine country where tourists can admire picturesque villages, vineyards and chateaux.
The coat of arms of Bordeaux is a figurative and symbolic representation whose elements recall the history of the city. The reading that can be made concerns both the form and the color, as well as the “furniture”, that is to say the particular elements that appear on the shield. The best focus on the coat of arms of Bordeaux was proposed in 1913 by Meaudre de Lapouyade in the Coat of Arms of Bordeaux: “Gules, the Grosse-Bell open, openwork and masonry sand and surmounted by a gold leopard to the azure sea, undulating with sand and silver, laden with a crescent of silver, to the Azure chief, sown with France. “