The Roman Catholic cathedral in Bordeaux was originally constructed in the 11th century, though little of this remains today.
Its Royal Gate dates to the 13th century and the main cathedral was built in Gothic style in the 14th and 15th centuries. Its two towers reach an impressive 81 metres in height. A 13-year-old Eleanor of Aquitaine married her first husband, King Louis VII of France, here in 1137.
The cathedral was used to store fodder during the French Revolution, and the building suffered from a devastating fire in the 19th century. All of the furniture was replaced with that taken from other churches.
- "High vaulted ceilings. A cool and contemplative place. Wonderful stained glass windows and huge pipe organ." - Trip Advisor
- "This is one of the nicest buildings I saw in Bordeaux while walking the city's streets. The church has incredible architecture and the level of work and design that went into the structure is incredible. It is also quite a peaceful place and nice to sit down for a few minutes and relax the mind. It is free to enter." - Trip Advisor
- "a truly splendid building with a welcoming atmosphere.The windows are spectacular even on a dull day.The helpful notes on the history of the cathedral really made one feel part of the life of the congregation through the years." - Trip Advisor
There are several public car parks close by, including Pey-Berland, Saint Christoly & Republique
Using Tram line A or B you can get off at the 'Hotel de Ville' stop
When to come
- Monday 15:00 to 19:30
- Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 19:30
- Sunday 09:30 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 19:30
- Monday 14:00 to 19:00
- Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00
- Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 19:00
- Sunday 09:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00