Situated in approximately 31 acres, the Place des Quinconces is in the heart of the city of Bordeaux at the edge of river Garonne.
The name comes from the geometric pattern that the trees are planted in - a 'quincunx', five points arranged in a cross, four forming a square and a fifth in the centre. The place was originally formed in 1820 on the site of Chateua Trompette and was intended as a prevention against a rebellion attack against the city.
Among the monument and sculptures of the square are two rostral column, built in 1829 and symbolising commerce and navigation. The main monument was erected in memory of the Girondists who fell victim to the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution.
Quinconces receives throughout the year numerous events. Twice a year the fairground rides, ferris wheel and other games of the 'fun fair' are hosted here. There is also a well known antique fair annually and a ham fair!