Hôtel de Ville, Méri­adeck

Charming Bordeaux - - CONTENTS -

A con­tem­po­rary vi­sion in a his­toric district. There are sev­eral mu­se­ums in the area sur­round­ing Sain­tan­dré Cathe­dral and the Palais Rohan (the town hall). The town hall's re­cep­tion rooms open onto a view of Méri­adeck, the busi­ness district that was con­structed in a typ­i­cal 1960's style.

1 PORTE DIJEAUX & PLACE GAM­BETTA DIJEAUX GATE & GAM­BETTA SQUARE

The area has been in­hab­ited since the Ro­man era. Ac­cord­ing to the draw­ings of Ni­co­las Portier, Voisin re­built the west gate­way of the city- also known as Porte Dauphine- be­tween 1748 and 1753. It leads to Place Gam­betta, which is to be re­designed from 2018. Place Gam­betta - B > Gam­betta - madd

2 MU­SEUM OF DEC­O­RA­TIVE ARTS AND DE­SIGN

Un­der the antique pan­elling and chan­de­liers of the Hôtel de La­lande, de­signed by Eti­enne La­clotte, the fur­nish­ings and or­na­ments recre­ate the at­mos­phere of an aris­to­cratic town­house “en­tre cour et jardin” (be­tween en­trance court­yard and gar­den) un­der Louis XVI. With its su­perb stair­case, its pan­elled walls and par­quet floor­ing, its mar­ble fire­places and traces of orig­i­nal décor, it is a re­mark­able ex­am­ple of the homes of Bordeaux’s aris­toc­racy at the end of the An­cien Régime pe­riod. A museog­ra­phy dis­plays re­con­struc­tions in the man­ner of Amer­i­can “pe­riod rooms”. In par­al­lel to the ex­hi­bi­tions ded­i­cated to the dec­o­ra­tive arts, it gives a new im­pe­tus to de­sign and con­tem­po­rary cre­ation.

TEM­PO­RARY EX­HI­BI­TIONS

• Dans la couleur > From 28 June to 28 Oc­to­ber 2017

• Les livres Tchèques > From 1 Oc­to­ber 2017 to Jan­uary 2018

39 rue Bouf­fard - B > Gam­betta - madd +33 (0)5 56 10 14 00 - www.madd-bordeaux.fr 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Closed on Tues­days. En­try fee

3 PALAIS ROHAN

The Palais Rohan re­calls the splen­dour and power of the arch­bish­ops of Bordeaux in the 18th cen­tury. In 1772, the arch­bishop Méri­adec de Rohan com­mis­sioned the ar­chi­tect Joseph Eti­enne to build him a new palace. The work was funded, in part, by the cre­ation of a vast dwelling place (the present Méri­adeck district). After the Rev­o­lu­tion, it be­came the District Hall, then the Pre­fec­ture of Gironde, and fi­nally the Town Hall in 1837. Inside the build­ing is one of the most beau­ti­ful stair­cases in France, con­sid­ered a mas­ter­piece of French stone­ma­sonry. Hôtel de ville. Place Pey Berland - A,B > Hôtel de Ville +33 (0)5 56 48 04 24 - www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

4 CEN­TRE JEAN MOULIN

Cre­ated in 1967, the Jean Moulin Na­tional Cen­tre presents col­lec­tions ded­i­cated to the Re­sis­tance Move­ment, De­por­ta­tion and the Forces of Free France over three floors. Place Jean Moulin - A, B > Hôtel de Ville +33 (0)5 56 10 19 90. 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Closed on Mon­days. Free en­try

5 CATHEDRALE SAINT-AN­DRE

In 1096, Pope Ur­ban II con­se­crated the first cathe­dral of Bordeaux. In 1305, the Arch­bishop of Bordeaux, Ber­trand de Goth, was elected Pope un­der the name of Cle­ment V, and a pe­riod of con­struc­tion fol­lowed. The de­sign of the Saint-an­dré cathe­dral was based on the Latin Cross, and con­sti­tutes a fine ex­am­ple of south­ern gothic ar­chi­tec­ture. The Royal Door, con­structed in the 13th cen­tury, is dec­o­rated with re­mark­able sculp­tures. Two famous mar­riages took place here: the mar­riage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the fu­ture king of France Louis VII (1137) as well as the mar­riage of Louis XIII to Anne of Aus­tria (1615). Place Pey Berland - A, B > Hôtel de Ville +33 (0)5 56 52 68 10. Open daily

6 TOUR PEY-BERLAND

The 12th cen­tury bell tower was in­suf­fi­ciently able to sup­port its bells and the Great Bell re­quired a home. It was there­fore nec­es­sary there­fore to build a bell tower sep­a­rate from the cathe­dral. As a re­sult the Pey-berland Tower was fin­ished in 1440, and since then the spired-tower has reached high into the skies over Bordeaux. In 1617, a storm badly dam­aged the pin­na­cle. It was only in 1853 that a mon­u­men­tal statue of Our Lady of Aquitaine was raised on top. This is un­doubt­edly the finest panoramic view­ing plat­form in the city, well worth a visit! Place Pey Berland - A, B > Hôtel de Ville +33 (0)5 56 81 26 25 - www.pey-berland.fr Open daily. From June to Septem­ber : 10 a.m to 1:15 p.m / 2 p.m to 6 p.m. From Oc­to­ber to May : 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m / 2 p.m to 5:30 p.m. €6 / €5

7 FORT DU HÂ & TRI­BUNAL DE GRANDE IN­STANCE

Con­tem­po­rary Ren­o­va­tion. In 1972, the French Na­tional School for the Ju­di­ciary de­cen­tralised to Bordeaux. It was es­tab­lished on the site of the for­mer Fort du Hâ, a fortress built by Charles VII of France fol­low­ing his vic­tory against the

English, of which only two tow­ers re­main. To the east, the School (1969-72 by Guil­laume Gil­let) and to the west, in ex­ten­sion to the court­house, the sil­hou­ettes of the wooden husks of the seven court­rooms of the High Court (1994-98 by Richard Rogers). Rue des Frères Bonie - A > Palais de Jus­tice

8 MU­SEUM OF FINE ARTS

The mu­seum al­lows visi­tors to take a close look at masters of Euro­pean art (Matisse, Pi­casso, Renoir, Rubens, Véronèse...) as well as Bordeaux’s na­tive painters (An­dré Lhote, Al­bert Mar­quet, Odilon Re­don) of var­i­ous pe­ri­ods and styles. The south wing is ded­i­cated to clas­si­cal 16th to 18th cen­tury paint­ing and the north wing hosts 19th and 20th cen­tury art. Dutch paint­ing is par­tic­u­larly well rep­re­sented. 20 cours d’al­bret - A > Palais de Jus­tice +33 (0)5 56 10 20 56 - www.musba-bordeaux.fr 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Closed on Tues­days En­try fee

9 FINE ARTS GALLERY

Lo­cated in front of the City Hall gar­dens, the gallery hosts the ma­jor tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions of the mu­seum of fine arts.

TEM­PO­RARY EX­HI­BI­TIONS

• La Na­ture Si­len­cieuse - Paysages d’odilon Re­don

> Un­til 26 March 2017

• Sculpter le Trait - Ge­orges Dorignac

> From 18 May to 17 Septem­ber 2017

Place du Colonel Ray­nal - A > Palais de Jus­tice

+33 (0)5 56 96 51 60 - www.musba-bordeaux.fr 11 a.m to 6 p.m dur­ing ex­hi­bi­tions. Closed on Tues­days En­try fee

10 CITE MUNICIPALE

In­au­gu­rated in 2014, the Cité Municipale was de­signed by the ar­chi­tect Paul An­dreu as a fil­ter be­tween the his­toric and the mod­ern district of Méri­adeck. The lower part is cov­ered with blond stone in the con­ti­nu­ity with the 18th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture while mod­ern glass is used in the up­per part. 4 rue Claude Bon­nier - A > Méri­adeck

11 BUILD­ING OF THE CAISSE D’EPARGNE BANK

Built be­tween 1974 and 1977 by the Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright for the bank Caisse d’epargne. It em­ploys an or­ganic de­sign with gran­u­lar skin that en­velops the ar­chi­tec­ture – a new trend of the mod­ern move­ment. It will soon be re­ha­bil­i­tated into lofts, shops and and a cul­tural cen­tre. 61 rue du Château d’eau - A > Méri­adeck

12 EGLISE SAINT-BRUNO

Built be­tween 1611 and 1622 thanks to the for­tune of a lo­cal noble who later be­came a Carthu­sian, and with the sup­port of Car­di­nal François de Sour­dis (Arch­bishop of Bordeaux from 1599 to 1628). It is all that re­mains of the Carthu­sian monastery that was de­stroyed in the 19th cen­tury. 5 place du 11 Novem­bre - A > St-bruno Hôtel de ré­gion

13 CHAR­TREUSE CIMETERY

Its mas­sive en­trance faces the Church of Saint-bruno, of­fer­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­am­ple of 19th and 20th cen­tury fu­ner­ary art. In the ceme­tery you can find Croza­tier Mau­soleum, Cather­ineau Mau­soleum, Fon­frède Pyra­mid, La­tus Pyra­mid, Goya’s Ceno­taph… RDV 21h rue François de Sour­dis

A > St-bruno Hôtel de ré­gion

14 PARC LESCURE & STA­DIUM CHA­BAN-DEL­MAS

In this res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the in­ter­war pe­riod, the Art Deco style de­vel­oped mar­vel­lously, es­pe­cially in the con­text of in­di­vid­ual hous­ing and the sta­dium that was built in 1934. It is famous in the ar­chi­tec­ture world for its arched con­crete pan­els by Dabenni and sculp­tures by Buthaud. The sta­dium now hosts the Union Bordeaux-bè­gles rugby team, which at­tracts the big­gest crowd of Top 14 and Europe (25,000 on av­er­age per game). Place John­ston - A > Stade Cha­ban-del­mas

Cha­ban Del­mas sta­dium 14

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