Just a few steps away from the Saint André Cathedral, the Palais Rohan is a palace built in 1771 in honor of Bordeaux’s archbishop, Fernand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. During World War II, the Palais Rohan was completely destroyed but later rebuilt. Since 1835, it has hosted Bordeaux’s mayor and city hall offices.You can admire the perfectly balanced structure of this Neoclassical building from the Place Pey-Berland.
Palais Rohan, Place Pey-Berland, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 10 20 30
Facing the Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre stands the InterContinental Bordeaux (also known as Le Grand Hôtel), one of the most luxurious hotels in town. With 130 rooms, including 45 suites, this Neoclassic-inspired beauty is in perfect harmony with the similar architecture of the Grand Théâtre.
The Porte Cailhau is proof of the city’s effort to preserve its monuments. Built in 1494, this 35-meter (115-foot) high building is one of the city’s gates. It commemorates King Charles VII’s victory over the Italians at Fornoue. If you decide to go all the way up to the top, you’ll get to see an exhibition showing the tools that were used to build some parts of Bordeaux. Besides, the sublime panorama of the docks is reason alone to visit this defensive gate from the Middle Ages.
Porte Cailhau, Rue Porte de Cailhau, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 00 66 00
La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) was conceived by architects from the XTU agency in collaboration with the British agency Casson Mann Limited. The futuristic edifice, with its tower reaching 55 meters (181 feet), is the world’s largest wine museum. Take a walk around, join a wine tasting or workshop, or take a moment to relax in La Cité du Vin’s library.
You should definitively stop by La Grosse Cloche during your time in Bordeaux. It is one of the most visited attractions and a true symbol of the town. Located in the middle of the Cours Victor Hugo, right in the center of the Vieux Bordeaux (Old Town), it used to be the “tempo of the city.” Along with the Porte Cailhau, it is the only monument dating back to the Middle Ages. This massive bell tower, standing 40 meters (132 feet) high, will delight architecture and history lovers alike.
The Fort du Hâ is a former fortress close to the Palais de Justice and the École Nationale de la Magistrature. It was built right after King Charles VII’s army won the Bataille de Castillon against the British. It served different purposes over the years, such as a tribunal, and a political prison during World War II. Its two towers were listed as Monuments Historiques in 1965.