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
2, 3 > Saint-seurin
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
2, 3, 4 > Tourny
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