SAINT-SEURIN EARLY CHRIS­TIAN SITE

Charming Bordeaux - - THE DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX -

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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 p.m to 6 p.m €5 / €3,50

4 PALAIS GAL­LIEN

The Palais Gal­lien is to­day the only vis­i­ble re­mains of the Ro­man city of Burdigala. Built in the e arly 2nd cen­tury AD, its orig­i­nal dimensions ar e im­pres­sive: 130 me­ters long and 114 me­ters wide. The am­phithe­atre was lo­cated on the out­skirts of the an­cient city. Games - of ten cruel - were held here be­fore large crowds. 20-25 000 peo­ple could be seated on the ter­raced rows of wooden benches!

Rue du Dr Al­bert Bar­raud

2, 3, 4 > Tourny Guided tour from June 1st to Septem­ber 30th Daily, 10:30 a.m ; 15:30. €3

5 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. 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

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