The Esplanade des Quinconces is France's largest square and one of the largest in Europe. It was laid out in the 19th century on the site of the former Château Trompette and is surrounded by trees that were planted in a specific pattern, a so-called "quinconce" (like the 5 pips of a dice). While the larger part of the square is not really inviting (a large area of gravel), the Monument aux Girondins with its beautiful and impressive fountain easily makes up for that. Built between 1894 and 1902 it commemorates the victims of the "terreur", the time when the guillotines were most active and an estimated 16,500 people fell victim to them. Hence an allegorical statue of the "liberté" is found on top of the column. The monument is surrounded by a fountain that features some original bronze statues which is rather rare in France as most others were molten during a war in order to build cannons. On the other end of the square are two other columns with yet another allegorical statue on top of them, one symbolizing the commerce, the other the navigation which combined led to Bordeaux's prosperity.
The esplanade (or place) of the Quinconces (1828) is a large tree-lined grassy area in Northern Bordeaux where an ancient chateau once stood. It is said to be the “largest square in Europe (29 acres). When we visited, they were packing up a visiting circus or fair of some sort on the grounds. It reminded us of the County Fair grounds in many American state capitals which have celebratory parks and special exhibition buildings. At the East end stand two Rostral Columns each topped with a statue (Commerce and Navigation) looking out onto the Quai des Chartrons, a parking lot, the Garonne river and tour boat docking area (covered in a Transportation Tip). Higher up at the West end is the Monument aux Girondins. Walking the interconnecting paths two statues are encountered of Montaigne and Montesquieu, “local boys” who made good.
At 150,696 square yards, this is Europe's largest Square. Built in 1827 to celebrate the city's growing presence in navigation and commerce. Marked by marble statues and the renowned Monument to the Girodins, this is the site of festivals in March and October.
Quai des Chartons comes to Esplanade des Quinconces. It amazes with the sizes - 126 000 square meters! It is located on a place of the old castle Trompete which was destroyed during the revolution.
The 'Esplanade des Quinconces' is a huge promenade that takes up more than 12 hectares in the heart of Bordeaux by the river 'la Garonne'. While I was in Bordeaux a famous circus was visiting the city.
We only spent a couple of hours in Bordeaux itself, so my 'to do' tips will be somewhat simple, based on what we enjoyed seeing most.
For me, this was the best monument of the city, and one we had quite a bit of time to admire.
The Esplanade des Quinconces, covering 30 acre on the river banks, and is the largest European square in the city. This square was occupied until 1814 by the trompette castle The East it is decorated with rostra columns, and the West, with the Girondins monument and fountain as its center-piece. Built in 1820, it overlooks the Garonne River. The Girondists Column, a magnificent fountain, was erected between 1894 and 1902 in honor of the Revolution deputies and symbolizes the triumph of the republic. Events take place all year long on the square (antiques, fun fairs). On both sides of the square, colossal statues of Montaigne and Montesquieu can be found.
this vast esplanade spreads out over 12 hectares
lost among the trees, two marbles giants face each other; Montesquieu and Montaigne
at one end of the place , the allegorical "Monument to the Girondiins" is ddeicated to the government deputies of the gironde region, leading federalist agitators during the french revolution who all lost their heads
the 50m high columns depicts "liberty breaking free from the chains of oppresion" at the base of hte statue, impressive bronze fountains symbolise the triumph of the republic and the concorde
Place de Quinconces: The biggest square in Europe, it's really big, although it's almost impossible to admire because there is always something in it; for example when I was in Bordeaux there was a fun fair, very nice with heaps of crêperies :)))