Bordeaux is one of France's most exciting cities, not least because it's home to a huge array of historical sites for the whole family to enjoy. Indeed, the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the planet's largest urban heritage areas. Below, you can find out all about this amazing achievement, as well as what to see while you're there.
UNESCO World Heritage status
To a large extent, the city owes its UNESCO World Heritage Site status to its mayor, Alain Juppe, who began a project to restore - and improve - the city's impressive architecture. This huge scheme bore fruit in 2007, when some 1,810 hectares of the city, which makes up almost half of it, was awarded UNESCO status.
Within this area, there are more than 350 classified buildings and monuments - so you could holiday here time and time again, yet still have plenty to see.
What to see
Old Bordeaux is a great place to uncover some of the city's finest 18th and 19th-century architecture. Head to one of the squares, many of which were constructed during this time period, to spot plenty of examples. The Place Fernand Lafargue is one such square - though it dates back much further - and is close to the City Hall and the College of Guyenne.
Another highlight is the Palais Rohan in the quarter of Hotel de Ville, a building that was entirely restructured in 1771 when Ferdinand-Maximilien Meriadec de Rohan became Archbishop of Bordeaux. The project was completed in 1784, and today is still home to elements such as the grand staircase and sculpted lime woodwork.
It's also worth exploring the local parks, such as the Jardin Public, which was established back in 1746. It is here that you will find the Jardin Botanique, where you can see thousands of plants. This was originally established in 1629 and, with the current collection dating back to the middle of the 19th century, it is a slice of local heritage in itself.
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