An appetizer: Bordeaux Discoveries (2 hours)
The delights of Bordeaux’s monuments, streets and heart.
As an aperitif or with dessert: An evening in Bordeaux (1 hour 30)
Discover Bordeaux by night (according to the season).
The tour allows you to discover buildings illustrating the different aspects of a day in the life of a nobleman in Bordeaux.
Our steps will take us to:
Bordeaux was the first city in France to complacently show the fleur-de-lis on the white flag of the French monarchy after the fall of Napoleon.
We will discover the private and public achievements of this period known as The Restoration including the construction of the first bridge over the River Garonne. Some street names still evoke that time: The Chartres and Orleans Avenues, The Louis XVIII Quays.
Within a week the fate of France was decided in Bordeaux. Find the history of France, the whereabouts of Herriot, Daladier, Gaul, Petain, Marquet, Laval…
In Bordeaux, “La Façade des quais” is seen decorated with masks and sculptures from the keystone arches on the ground floor.
Sculptors were inspired by a multitude of themes to decorate the facades :
Thanks to these anonymous artists, we have an idea of Bordeaux including the art of headwear in the first half of the eighteenth century.
But who are these illustrious men who have spent time in Bordeaux?
Click on the pictures to find the answer.
The column is one of the architectural elements of a monument.
Of ancient origin, architects have used columns extensively in Bordeaux. Stop for a moment before these stonemason and sculptors’ masterpieces.
Each column has a capital, shaft and base
The Doric order is the first and simplest of the three orders in Greek architecture.
The fluted column is from four to eight diameters high and rests directly on the floor without the benefit of a pedestal or base.
The capital consists of mouldings, fillets and ovolo or a quarter round.
The Ionic column measures up to nine diameters high.
The capital is adorned with two side spiral forms known as volutes.
The Corinthian columns are usually ten diameters high.
Its capital is decorated with rows of acanthus leaves.
This is the simplified form of the Greek Doric architectural order.
The column is seven diameters high, including the base and the shaft.
The composite column measures up to ten diameters high.
The base is ionic and the column drum Doric.
The capital may be Ionic or Corinthian with volutes and acanthus leaves.
“If I had a hammer! I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land”
Claude François praised us the merits of this tool.
On an ordinary door, a doorway, it reaches out.
Some are as beautiful as if they emanated from the craftsman themselves.
Others reflect the wealth of their owner.
Others are more modest, some even need attention.
Although it may no longer be in service, on mansions, monuments and houses where it was hung,