Place de la Victoire, Bordeaux
Located at the Southern end of rue Saint Catherine, the Place de la Victoire features a large arched entry, a large obelisque of various colored marble from the local areas and some bronze turtles with bunches of grapes. Next to the University, there are kebab places and a McDonalds. It seems to be a place where things occur.
During the 13th and 14th century the city underwent an expansion period. The wine exports made of this one of the richest cities in France. Four centuries later Bordeaux became the first port in France, thanks to the trade with the colonies. In the 19th century the city was completely renewed with the construction of new bridges, train lines, sewage and gas networks. During the last century the city of Bordeaux grew with the construction of new districts. In the 21st century one of the city's main exportation is still the fruit of the poor lands that surround the city: the Bordeaux wine.
'Place de la Victoire' has a soft spot in my heart because, when I first visited Bordeaux in 1991, this was the closest I got to the city centre before rushing back to catch my next train to Spain!
Since 1991 the square has been redesigned, re-paved and is a crossing point for buses and trams. It is near to Bordeaux's university buildings and is a lively meeting place filled with young people. You have a choice of several large bars for refreshment. And a large branch of MacDonalds if you fancy throwing a burger down your throat. If you prefer a quieter spot nearby to people-watch, there are smaller bars on place General Sarrail, just to the north.
The unmissable stone arch in the square is the Aquitaine Gate, dating from 1746, a true gateway to Bordeaux today because it lies at one end of the famous rue Sainte-Catherine. The tall pink column close by is apparently a monument to Bordeaux wine, added to the square in 2005.
There is a turtle statue under the monument, the big turtle's mouth holding the grapes... I don't know the meaning of it but maybe about the Bourdeaux where famous with the wine???