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Grosse Cloche / Tour du Greffe

- large bell / tower of the city clerk
the town belfry that signaled the beginning of grape harvest or impending danger

constructed: 15th century, the belfry replaced Tour du Chatelet de la Porte Saint Eloi (1246) attached to l'Eglise Saint Eloi
height: 40 meters / 131 feet
clock: installed 1759
bell: installed 1775
- bell weight: 7800 Kg / 8.6 tons
- bell height & diameter: 2 meters / 6.5 feet
address: Rue Saint James 57

* Bordeaux, population: 235,000

Cathedrale Saint Andre

constructed: 12th-16th centuries, replaced a church from 1096

Porte Cailhau / Porte du Palais

- rampart gate and once the entrance to the Palais de l'Ombriere (palace razed 1800) of the Dukes of Guyenne

constructed: 1494-6, as a defensive gate and triumphal arch commemorating the victories of the 'Affable' Charles VIII (1470-98) who was eventually defeated in Fornova, Italy (1495) and died three years later playing tennis.
height: 35 meters / 115 feet
restored: 1822

  • Last visit to Bordeaux: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2012
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