At the foot of the Monument to the Girondins are two beautiful fountains. Next to the column there are a couple of statues that honor two of the greatest names of Bordeaux. One is dedicated to the philosopher and former Mayor of Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne. The other one is dedicated to Charles Louis de Montesquieu, one of the architects of the "century of the lights". He was not only an intellectual, but also a winegrower.
In a semicircle at the West end of the Quinconces sits the replaced Monument aux Girondins created in 1895. It was dismantle during WWII to use for scrap but was recovered intact and restored to this spot in 1982. It consists of a column-fountain complex standing on an elevated platform.In the fountains are horse-drawn chariots and figures symbolizing the Triumphs of Peace and the Republic.
From the 'Place de la Comedie', walking along the 'Cours 30 Juliet' we get to the 'Esplanade des Quinconces'. One of the tallest monuments in Bordeaux, the Monument to the Girondins and the Republic, dominates the east side of this wide promenade.
This monument was erected at the end of the 19th century to honor the deputies of the revolution.
One of the major monuments in Bordeaux is the fountain and monument at Quinconces Square. The centerpiece of the square features life like sculptures set in a large fountain.
The upper part of the Esplanade des Quinconces, the 50m high columns depicts "liberty breaking free from the chains of oppression