Saint-michel, La Vic­toire

Charming Bordeaux - - CONTENTS -

La Vic­toire and Saint-michel are two south­ern dis­tricts in Bordeaux that were sit­u­ated out­side the town walls for a long time, and still re­main the phys­iog­nomy of medieval times. In for­mer times the con­vents be­long­ing to the men­di­cant or­ders were con­cen­trated there. Today, they host the big­gest mar­kets in the city cen­ter and a par­tic­u­larly lively cos­mopoli­tan pop­u­la­tion.

1 SAINT MICHAEL’S BASIL­ICA

14th-16th cen­turies. This is the largest par­ish church in Bordeaux. It is prob­a­bly of Carolin­gian ori­gin. In a flam­boy­ant Gothic style it is com­posed of three naves and four bays in­ter­sected by the transept which pre­cedes the three polyg­o­nal apses which sur­round the choir. Inside, you can see the beau­ti­ful ‘Des­cent from the Cross’ dat­ing from 1493, a choir loft and a pul­pit from the 18th cen­tury. Place Mey­nard - C > Saint-michel +33 (0)5 56 94 30 50 Open daily from 2 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Free en­try

2 FLECHE SAINT-MICHEL SAINT MICHAEL'S SPIRE

A source of pride for Bordeaux, the Saint-michel free­stand­ing bell tower, which the peo­ple of Bordeaux call “La Flèche” (The Spire), is 114 me­tres high and soars nar­rowly to­ward the sky. In the un­der­ground crypt, you can watch a video pro­jec­tion about the Saint-michel mum­mies and, for the more coura­geous, a 47 me­tre climb to the panoramic ter­race to en­joy an un­for­get­table view over the city and the river. Place Mey­nard - C > Saint-michel +33 (0)5 56 48 04 24 10 a.m to 1 p.m / 2 p.m to 6 p.m. Closed from 11.01 to 03.31 €5 / €3,50

3 PAS­SAGE SAINT-MICHEL

For more than 15 years, a group of artists, antique and sec­ond-hand goods deal­ers have con­gre­gated in this for­mer banana-ripen­ing ware­house of the 18th cen­tury. On two floors of con­vo­luted aisles and hid­den stair­cases, the Pas­sage Saint Michel of­fers visi­tors a wide se­lec­tion of bar­gain hunt­ing ob­jects cov­er­ing all eras as far as con­tem­po­rary de­sign and vin­tage. 14 place Can­teloup - C > Saint-michel +33 (0)5 56 74 01 84 - www.les­bro­can­teurs­du­pas­sage.fr 10 a.m to 6 p.m from Tuesday to Satur­day. 9 a.m to 3 p.m on Sun­days

View from the Flèche Saint-michel

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