Wine, World Heritage and French West Coast – Facts and photos from the city of Bordeaux

Its historic city centre is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage List entries as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. French town Bordeaux. Located in the southwestern part of the country. Home of around 250,000 people. Ran through by the river Garonne.

Link: La Boulangerie, a French bakery.

People from Bordeaux are called “Bordelais” (for men) and “Bordelaises” (women). The region and town is well known for its good food and for wine. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. A special museum highlights the special role of wine: Cité du Vin.

The 18th century was the golden age of Bordeaux. Many downtown buildings were build back then – such as those on the quays.

Writer Victor Hugo said about Bordeaux: “Take Versailles, add Antwerp, and you have Bordeaux“.

Place de Quinconces, in the city centre, is one of Europe’s largest public places – with an area of around 126,000 squaremetres. Built from 1818 to 1828, the place once hosted a castle called Château Trompette.

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