Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

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Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux is all that remains of an ancient entrance into the city. In years past, the bell rang for important events, such as the coming harvest or to alert the populace to a fire. The bell has always been important to the citizens. When Henry II wanted to punish them, he took the bell away.

Tour the ancient gate, the bell (this version was cast in 1775), and an astronomical clock that was added in 1759. While the bell doesn’t ring often, it offers visitors a striking sight in the heart of the city. To visit Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and get the most from your holiday in Bordeaux, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bordeaux itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Plush and imposing monument that shows the wealth and power of the city of Bordeaux to passersby and visitors. See twice during a visit in the city, day and night for lighting.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Big beautiful and imposing Bell (who apparently weighs 7 tons). We spotted him through the tourist bus tour (otherwise we would have surely missed it).
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  • August 16, 2017
    The quality of the guide to licence to spend a very good time of history and set up in the only remaining gate of Bordeaux.
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  • August 3, 2017
    You could probably miss it if you were not looking for it. A recommended must-visit monument in Bordeaux.
  • June 26, 2017
    Beautiful bell tower. The street leading up to it is also very charming.
  • July 19, 2017
    Enjoy the lights at night!
  • May 5, 2017
    Amazing bell tower!
  • August 9, 2017
    Visit super interesting. It lasts an hour and must be reserved in advance.
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Most hotels in Bordeaux sit conveniently located a stone's throw away from the train station. Look to Quinconces Square and Gambetta Square for high-end hotels. Those who prefer more budget-friendly accommodations may want to seek out a youth hostel--a relatively recent addition to the city. To secure a spot here, make sure to book ahead of time. In addition to hotels and hostels, choose from guest rooms in a typical Bordeaux house, or a family-friendly beachside campsite.
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