Tue 13 Sep 16 - Tue 13 Sep 16
While Freiburg was bright and multi-coloured, Bordeaux is a study in understated elegance. At first glance when you look at the buildings you see gray stone (or beige if it's been cleaned) and iron balcony railings. Nothing really catches your eye. When you look further, you see the elegance and symmetry of the design. Here are a few examples that caught my eye.
Bordeaux also was quite rich and it shows in their public buildings. The Cathedral St. Andre is a beautiful church with a fantastic flying buttresses and a separate stand alone bell tower. (The ground there is not firm and can not support the weight of the tower and the church. This picture is from Basilique St. Michel which also has a separate tower.)
Here is another church with beautiful sculptures on it.
I have a few favourite buildings, The first one is typical of much of Bordeaux because it has naked women on it. But you will notice here that the women are holding up the building. They are beautiful and are doing all the work!!
The second is the Grosse Cloche tower.
Place de la Bourse
The third is the Place de la Bourse. It is a big U shaped building with symmetric wings. Here are close ups of the 2 wings and the fountain in front. Notice in the relief sculpture on the pediment, the woman is chasing away some bad person.
As nice as this fountain is, it is nothing compared to the fountains at the Monument aux Girondins, which you can see in my next post.