Bordeaux and Saint André!

Well how about that I have written several posts on the wines of the region of Bordeaux but not much on its monuments! sacre bleu!!! This is one of my favorite cities in my belle France and candidate for my retirement years!!! We have spent several family trips here over the years.

The whole huge area around Bordeaux is connected by a beltway road, the “rocade” or the A630 that takes you into the city or out into the other areas and into Spain. My best is to go into the Médoc, the famous area of wines but it has a lot more. From the rocade you  take exit 4 to go into central Bordeaux or exit /sortie in French to no 7 that takes you into the side D1/D2 of wine country along the Garonne river, the other exit/sortie no 8 takes you into the beaches and central area of Medoc.

Its time for me to correct the unnaming and tell you about some of the monuments of the city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is in the Gironde dept 33 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France and I like to tell you a bit on the Cathedral of Saint André!

The Primate Cathedral of Saint-André , built in the 12-13C and located on Place Pey-Berland, is the most imposing place of worship in Bordeaux. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux. It was consecrated on May 1, 1096 by Pope Urban II, on tour to preach the First Crusade. It was rebuilt in the Gothic style from the 12C to the 16C. In this church were celebrated some royal marriages, in 1137, the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine, then aged fifteen, with the future Louis VII, king of the Franks and in November 1615 the marriage of Anne of Austria, Infante of Spain and Louis XIII, king of France and Navarre. In 1305: Bertrand de Got ,Archbishop of Bordeaux solemnly reads the decree of his election as Pope and takes the name of Clement V. In 1367: Born in Bordeaux, Richard, son of the Black Prince and future king of England under the name of Richard II, was baptized here. In 1650: Cardinal Mazarin accompanied his godson Louis XIV and the Queen Mother Anne of Austria to this cathedral. In 1808: on a visit to Bordeaux, Napoleon I noted the damage suffered by the cathedral during the French revolution. He orders its restoration. On June 12, 1992: Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are welcomed by Bishop Eyt, Archbishop of Bordeaux, and Jacques Chaban-Delmas, mayor of the city.

The tourist office of Bordeaux in English: Tourist office of Bordeaux on the Cathedral St André


The Pey Berland tower, named after Archbishop Pey Berland, is the separate bell tower of Saint-André Cathedral, located on Place Pey-Berland. Its construction spread from 1440 to 1500 on the initiative of the Archbishop of the same name. Crowned by a bell tower, it has always remained isolated from the rest of the Cathedral. Superbly carved, it was sold as national property during the French revolution and transformed into a shotgun factory and a fodder store. The tower becomes a religious building by decree of June 29, 1851.

You have to climb two hundred and thirty three steps in a narrow spiral staircase to reach the terrace located at the top of the tower and which has the shape of a gallery around the spire. It is about fifty meters from the ground. The base of the statue is 60 meters, and the height of the latter is 6 meters. And you have great views of the city of Bordeaux !!!

Tourist office of BordeauxTourist office of Bordeaux on the tour Pey Berland in English

Special webpage on the Tour Pey Berland: Tour Pey Berland in English

And there you go another wonderful monument of the city of Bordeaux that is a must to visit. The Cathedral of Saint André and the tour Pey Berland are wonderful indeed full of history and awesome architecture. Hope you enjoy it as we do.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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