French elegance in Bordeaux


Built on a bend of the Garonne, the ancient town of Bordeaux is famous worldwide for the reputation of its wine. Listed on the Unesco World Heritage List, the architectural style of the capital of Aquitaine is based on unity, since the style of the buildings has been preserved for about 300 years (the 18th century being the golden age of the wine trade in Bordeaux). 

This city of art and history has been the residence of great philosophers and politicians like Etienne de la Boétie, Montaigne or Montesquieu. These black-and-white photos of Bordeaux will reveal the old centre and some of the town’s highlights: the banks of the Garonne, the luxurious Place de la Bourse and the very wealthy “golden triangle” district.

Originally taken in colour, we decided to convert in black and white some of our photos taken during our stay in Bordeaux

Le Pont de pierre spanning the Garonne:

Square of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux:

The façade of St. Andrew Cathedral:

A gargoyle on Tower Pey-Berland:

In the Triangle d’or:

Another beautiful façade decorative element in the Triangle d’Or:

Square of the Grand Theatre:

A mascaron on a façade in the Triangle d’Or:

The Cailhau Gate:

A little decorative detail in Place Saint Projet:

The classical Place du Parlement:

The decorated façades that border Place du Parlement:

Elaborated pediment, Place de la Bourse:

Fountain at the centre of Place de la Bourse:

Another view of the fountain of Place de la Bourse:

Classical façades of the 18th century near Place de la Bourse:

The monument of Place des Quinconces:

The main fountain of Place des Quinconces:

Detail of the façade of Notre-Dame church:

A sign near Notre-Dame church:

To view these photos in high resolution, go to our Flickr album.

Find out more about Bordeaux.


About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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