HÔ­TEL DE VILLE, MÉRI­ADECK

Charming Bordeaux - - THE DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX -

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

A gate­way into the city from the West since the Ro­man era (then called Jovia Gate), it was re­built by Voisin be­tween 1748 and 1753 ac­cord­ing to An­dré Portier’s de­signs. Un­til the Rev­o­lu­tion, it was called Dauphin’s Gate in hon­our of the French Dauphin, the fu­ture King Louis XVI. The arc de tri­om­phe opens out onto Place Gam­betta, marked out as the of­fi­cial cen­tre of the city by a mile­stone in the 19th cen­tury; it still stands at num­ber 10. De­vel­op­ment work will be­gin in 2018 to trans­form “Gam­betta” into a gar­den square. Place Gam­betta - B > Gam­betta - madd

2 MOLLAT BOOK­STORE

Lo­cated in a house oc­cu­pied by Mon­tesquieu (see page 29), Mollat has been a vi­tal cul­tural space for lit­er­a­ture lovers since 1896. With 15 sub­ject sec­tions over 2,700 m² and more than 300,000 ti­tles, it is the largest in­de­pen­dent book­store in France. 15 rue Vi­tal Car­les > B > Gam­betta - madd +33 (0)5 56 56 40 40 - www.mollat.com 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. Closed on Sun­days

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