Saint-seurin, Fon­daudège

Charming Bordeaux - - CONTENTS -

Town­houses, parks and gar­dens. The streets are lined with typ­i­cal ‘Borde­lais' sin­gle-storey houses and large, lav­ish stone ones which stand har­mo­niously along­side the parks and gar­dens of this el­e­gant bour­geois neigh­bour­hood.

The ‘Grande Poste’ is an in­cred­i­ble site, built within the walls of the the for­mer Postal and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­tre, where a re­mark­able con­crete dome sits on top, built in the art-deco style by Justin Tus­sau in 1924. Now, the site is a new cul­tural space, self-de­fined as “im­prob­a­ble”, and of­fers a bar-restau­rant, a theatre and seven new stalls for creators ev­ery month. 7 rue du Palais Gal­lien +33 (0)5 56 01 53 90 la­grande­poste.com 9 a.m to 1 a.m from Tues­days to Satur­days 11 a.m to 6 p.m on Sun­days - Closed on Mon­days

2 BASIL­ICA OF SAINT-SEURIN

Orig­i­nally built be­tween the 11th and 16th cen­turies and later re­stored in the 19th. The Saint-seurin Basil­ica is most likely the cra­dle of Chris­tian­ity in Bordeaux. As early as the 4th cen­tury, con­verts set­tled on the site of a large Gallo-ro­man necrop­o­lis where they built their first chapel. In the 11th cen­tury, the canons un­der­took the con­struc­tion of a large Ro­manesque build­ing, of which the porch, the chevet, the crypt and the base of the bell tower still ex­ist. Work con­tin­ued on the build­ing with the ad­di­tion of sev­eral chapels in the 16th cen­tury and a neo-ro­manesque frontage by Poitevin and Mag­gesi in the 19th cen­tury. The Church guarded im­por­tant relics, such

as those of Saint Bene­dict and Saint Veron­ica, the staff of Saint Mar­tial and the olifant of Roland, later trans­ferred to the basil­ica of Saint Ro­main de Blaye. Place des Mar­tyrs de la Ré­sis­tance

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3 SAINT-SEURIN EARLY CHRIS­TIAN SITE

The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of Saint Seurin is prob­a­bly the cra­dle of Chris­tian­ity in Bordeaux, in the Gallo-ro­man era. In 1910, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions in front of the basil­ica re­vealed a vast Chris­tian necrop­o­lis with rows of graves in lay­ers in the ground, rang­ing from the 4th to the 18th cen­tury. Charle­magne is said to have buried his brave knights who were killed in the Bat­tle of Ron­ce­vaux Pass. Place des Mar­tyrs de la Ré­sis­tance

2, 3 > Saint-seurin Open daily from June to Septem­ber: 1 a.m to 6 p.m €5 / €3,50

4 HO­TEL FRUGES FRUGES TOWN­HOUSE

A mag­nif­i­cent town­house built in the 1920s by the Bordeaux ar­chi­tect Pierre Ferret. Decor in­spired by Art Nou­veau and Ori­en­tal­ism. 63 place des Mar­tyrs de la Ré­sis­tance

2, 3 > Saint-seurin On book­ing +33 (0)5 56 00 66 00 www.bordeaux-tourisme.com €10

5 PISCINE JUDAIQUE JUDAIC SWIM­MING POOL

Art Deco in style, the pool is listed as a his­tor­i­cal build­ing. The por­tico of the for­mer rid­ing school serves as the en­try to the whole of the Jean Boi­teux Sports Com­plex, named after the Olympic cham­pion, a na­tive of Bordeaux. 164 rue Ju­daïque

1, 16 > Piscine Ju­daïque +33 (0)5 56 51 48 31 Closed on Mon­days Un­til 9:30 p.m on Fri­days

6 HALLE DU MARCHE DE LERME LERME MAR­KET HALL

In 1866, the City as­signed the con­struc­tion of a small mar­ket hall on the Place de Lerme to the ar­chi­tect, Charles Bur­guet, who de­signed an as­sem­bly of glass, lead and zinc. Tem­po­rary cul­tural events take place here.

Place de Lerme

2, 3 > Saint-seurin Free en­try

7 PALAIS GAL­LIEN

The Palais Gal­lien is today the only vis­i­ble re­mains of the Ro­man city of Burdigala. Built in the early 2nd cen­tury AD, its orig­i­nal di­men­sions are im­pres­sive: 130 me­ters long and 114 me­ters wide. The am­phithe­atre was lo­cated on the out­skirts of the an­cient city. Games - of­ten cruel - were held here be­fore large crowds. 20-25 000 peo­ple could be seated on the ter­raced rows of wooden benches!

Guided tour from June 1st to Septem­ber 30th Daily, 10:30 a.m ; 15:30. €3 Rue du Dr Al­bert Bar­raud

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8 JARDIN PUB­LIC

Listed “”French Re­mark­able Gar­dens”. The coun­try­side comes to the city, where strollers, jog­gers, chil­dren and grand­par­ents me­an­der along­side swans and ducks in harmony. This is the Pub­lic Gar­den, it has been part of the life of the peo­ple of Bordeaux since its cre­ation in 1746. Sur­rounded by a row of town­houses from the 18th cen­tury, it houses a famous Guig­nol Guérin pup­pet theatre, chil­dren’s play­grounds and The Orangerie, a lovely bar-restau­rant for a re­lax­ing break or a spot of sum­mer idling.

Cours de Ver­dun

C > Jardin Pub­lic Open at 7 a.m ev­ery­day

9 PARC RIV­IERE

Up un­til 1827, Rivière Park be­longed to the pri­vate res­i­dence of Baron Al­fred de Luze who made it into a ver­i­ta­ble chateau. Its decor, with many his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences, caused much sur­prise. Its un­der­growth borders the ruins of a cas­tle. Here can be found var­i­ous hun­dred-year-old tree species such as bald cy­press and holm oaks... it also has bee­hives. 226 boule­vard Al­bert 1er - 6 > Parc Rivière Open at 7 a.m ev­ery­day

10 IN­STI­TUT CULTUREL BERNARD MAGREZ

This mag­nif­i­cent town­house, head­quar­ters of the Bernard Magrez Cul­tural In­sti­tute, brings to­gether works of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art from pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions. The artists on dis­play no­tably in­clude Daniel Buren, Agnès Varda, Andy Warhol, Claude Lévêque, Pierre & Gilles, Xavier Veil­han, Pierre Soulages, Mar­tial Raysse, Se­bas­tiao Sal­gado, Fernand Leger abd Joana Vas­con­ce­los. The works are ar­ranged in an au­then­ti­cally pre­served neo­clas­si­cal en­vi­ron­ment: fire­place, li­brary, mu­sic room pan­elling and painted pan­els of the hall of Dutch paint­ings: a real Bordeaux-style “Palazzo Grassi”. 16 rue de Tivoli - 6 > Go­dard +33 (0)5 56 81 72 77 www.in­sti­tut-bernard-magrez.com 4 p.m to 9 p.m on Tues­days 1 p.m to 6 p.m from Wed­nes­days to Sun­days Closed on Mon­days €8 / €6

11 PARC BORDE­LAIS

A 28 hectare park leads strollers and jog­gers through a his­tor­i­cal oak grove. Along the wide al­leys, the ser­pen­tine river is ac­com­pa­nied by a va­ri­ety of veg­e­ta­tion. Its English de­sign is due to the great land­scape mas­ter Eugène Bül­her. Chil­dren will be de­lighted with the small parks and an­i­mal sanc­tu­ar­ies. Rue du Bocage - 2, 3 > Parc Borde­lais Open at 7 a.m ev­ery­day

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