PLACE DES QUIN­CONCES

Charming Bordeaux - - THE DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX -

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Work on this es­planade was car­ried out be­tween 1810 and 1828 where Château Trompette once stood. It takes its name from the “quin­conce” ar­range­ment of the trees on ei­ther side. Two ros­tral col­umns stand be­fore the river, with their stat­ues that cel­e­brate com­merce and sea­far­ing. Fur­ther up the square, there are two colos­sal stat­ues of the Bor­deaux philoso­phers Mon­taigne and Mon­tesquieu and fi­nally the Mon­u­ment aux Girondins. This gi­ant col­umn is a trib­ute to the late Men and Women of Gironde who were lost dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion, it is com­posed of gush­ing bronze foun­tains with its raised col­umn, on top of which stands the statue of Lib­erty Break­ing its Chains. B, C > Quin­conces

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