Bordeaux is truly one place in France that should never be missed on a holiday visit. This beautiful port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France offers more than just rich history and culture but numerous structures that exemplify neo-classical architectural that up to this day are marveled at by every single visitor that checks the city out. The city boasts of many different amazing tourist destinations.
Place Gambetta or Gambetta Square is one such place visited by tourists from all over the world as they explore and discover the beauty of Bordeaux. This place used to be located outside the city walls but is now considered as the city’s leading stylish shopping center where major brands are established. From Place Gambetta, visitors can choose to stay at a Bordeaux apartment rental as the place is pretty much accessible from all points of the many interesting attractions.
Cours de l’Intendance
Cours de l’Intendance, a street lined with chic shops links Place de la Comédie with café-lined Place Gambetta – a pivotal square for the city’s museums, shops and the cathedral. Place Gambetta’s house fronts are arcaded at street level, decorated with rows of carved masks. Place Gambetta used to be conceived as an architectural piece in the time of Louis XV. In the middle of the square is an English garden which adds some relief considering that the guillotine lopped three hundred heads at the time of the Revolution. An old city gate, an 18th century arch of the Porte Dijeaux stands in one corner of the square.
Cathedral Saint Andre
South of Place Gambetta is the Cathedral Saint Andre with its most eye-catching feature is the twin steeples over the north transept, heightened by the adjacent but separate bell tower – the 15th century Tour Pey Berland.
The square was first named Place Dauphin in honor of the marriage of the Dauphin (or the future King Louis XVI) and Marie Antoinette. It was re-baptized in 1790 as “Place Nationale”. The place was renamed Place Gambetta in 1883 in honor of the French political figure Leon Gambetta who established a French government in Bordeaux during the Prussian siege of Paris in 1870 – 1871.
Visitors can enjoy the chic shopping centers, the surrounding museums and the cathedrals found within Place Gambetta. It is a good take-off point for many travelers as Place Gambetta has a spot from which all distances from and to Bordeaux were established – the kilometer zero milestone. Hence, instead of making reservations in expensive hotels near the area, most visitors prefer self-catering accommodation provided by Bordeaux apartment rental located strategically in the area. The kilometer zero milestone engraved with “Origine du Monde” no longer holds its original function. The absolute center of Bordeaux is now marked by the town hall.
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