Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

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    Place de la Bourse

    by Sambawalk Updated May 24, 2009

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    Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the centre - a setting made even more magnificent when it is lit up at night. There is a superb view of the Garonne river's right bank from this square.

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    Visit La Place de la Bourse

    by hquittner Written Mar 19, 2009

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    The Bourse sits at the North end of the place with a large Fountain of the Three Graces at its center. The buildings look out onto the Garonne river. They were built 1730-55 during the height of prosperity in Gordeaux. The building at the south end is the Douane (Customs House) which today houses a Museum on the History of a Douanes and particularly this one (fee; we did not go in).

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    Place de la Bourse and the 'Miroir des Quais'

    by black_mimi99 Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the centre - a setting made even more magnificent when it is lit up at night. There is a superb view of the Garonne river's right bank from this square.

    Across the road of Place de la Bourse there is 'Miroir des Quais' With a surface of 3450 m2, Bordeaux is equipped with the largest water mirror of the world.
    Designed by Jean-Max Llorca in 2005, the system makes it possible to reveal one after the other a mirror effect (with 2 centimetres of water stagnating on a granite flagstone) and a fog effect which can reach up to 2 meters height.

    I love when it start nite..... If u are here, better come @ nite, so u will get a spectacular picture of this Place de la Bourse and the 'Miroir des Quais'.

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    Place de la Bourse

    by arv1 Written Jul 9, 2007

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    Place de la Bourse is a really nice open square near the river in Bordeaux. Though the picture looks a bit dull, this place is really beautiful from the cobbled streets leading up to the fantastic fountain and then to the building! Stop for a moment to take pictures as you walk along the river! :)

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    Place de la Bourse and the 'Miroir des Quais'

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jul 9, 2007

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    'Place de la Bourse' is one of the great treasures of Bordeaux, a beautiful classical square laid out beside the River Garonne during the late 18th century. At the centre is the Fountain of the Three Graces. After dark the square is illuminated and, apparently, looks good from the opposite river bank.

    A really clever touch is the 'Miroir des Quais' designed by Jean-Max Llorca in 2005. It is across the main road, opposite the 'Place de la Bourse'. The 'miroir' is a large 3400m2 flat area of paving that is continually covered with an inch of water. You can get a perfect reflection of Bordeaux's buildings along the Garonne. A great photo opportunity!

    The 'miroir' has another intriguing trick - every so often jets of fine mist squirt from the pavement, covering the 'miroir' with a metre of fog. Of course kids (and adults) love it!! And it is great for everyone on a hot day!

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    Place de la Bourse

    by nzobx Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, Dec 2004

    This symbol of the prosperity of Bordeaux has been erected between 1730 and 1775, and inaugurated in 1749. It was meant to give a more modern and attractive appearance to the traveller coming from the right bank.

    Has also been known as :
    Place Royale, Place de la Liberté, Place Impériale, then again Royale, the definitive name has been given in 1848

    Has had a statue of :
    Louis XV, a liberty tree, a marble column, then Visconti's Three Graces (1869)... And now nothing, but it's nearly reconstructed...

    This place is one of the most representative of the XVIth century french classical art.

    Pic by my friend Cyrille !

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    by lorgnierl Written Aug 19, 2003

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    the chamber of commerce and customs service still reside in one of the city's most majestic palaces, a reminder of the grandiose history of local trade
    built from 1730 to 1735 according to the designs of Gabriel, the father/son architectural team (also responsible for the Trianon and the opera of the chateau de Versailles, the Hotel Crillon, place de la Concorde and the Pont royal in Paris)
    the building is a magnificient example of classic french style at its purest
    the south pavilion , the only one open to the public is home to the musee national des douanes. Its collection recounts the evolution of one of the oldest customs institutions evoking the technical side of the necoiunters between smuggles and customs agents over the ages

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    Place de la Bourse

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Place de la Bourse

    Take your time to stroll up to this place and have a look around. I have no idea what this building but i guess it used to be part of some palace of sorts..

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    Old tram at the place de la Bourse

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Old tram

    This little gem i found at the place de la Bourse. Unfortunately the roads were under construction and there was no way of getting any closer to this tram.

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