Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), Bordeaux

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The largest city square in Europe at 126,000 sq m (31 acres), Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces) is the most important public transport hub in Bordeaux. Come here to take a tram, bus, shuttle, or coach--or just to see the amazing sculptures and monuments, some dating from the early 1800s. These artworks include, among others: two 1829 rostral columns that are 21 m (69 ft) tall and symbolize commerce and navigation; the 1858 white-marble statues of the famed French philosophers Montaigne and Montesquieu; the Girondists monument that was erected in the memory of those killed during the Revolution’s Reign of Terror; and statues dedicated to the Eloquence, the Republic, and Liberty. To visit Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces) on your trip to Bordeaux, use our Bordeaux vacation route planner.
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  • A huge square, right next to the docks, close to the tourist office, tram damage rides spoil overview
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  • This esplanade to the fairs of attraction but is also used to show antiques and other exhibitions. When she is not encumbered by various stalls, it remains a lovely walk along the Garonne. Its fountain and its beautiful horses catch the eye of passers-by. It is a space of freshness in summer.
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  • We were very impressed with the monument at the end of the Esplanade des Quinconces - the Monument au Girondins. It is dedicated to the men of Bordeaux who lost their heads to the guillotine during th...  more »