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It was Celtic tribes who first established Bordeaux, but it wasn't until about 200 years later, under the rule of the Romans, that the town started to blossom. Back then it was called Burdigala; today the only remains of Burdigala are the crumbling ruins of this 3rd-century amphitheatre.

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Nearby Bordeaux attractions

1. Musée Bordeaux – Sciences et Nature

0.22 MILES

With more than one million different specimens on show, Bordeaux's former Natural History Museum is among France's most impressive. Closed at the time of…

2. Jardin Public

0.25 MILES

Landscaping is artistic as well as informative at the Jardin Public. Established in 1755 and laid out in the English style a century later, the grounds…

3. Basilique St-Seurin

0.34 MILES

It was around this vast Romanesque complex that the quartier of Saint-Seurin grew in the 11th century. As early as the 5th century, a church dedicated to…

4. Site Archéologique de St-Seurin

0.38 MILES

Not to be confused with the small crypt inside Basilique St-Seurin, this archaeological site was uncovered in 1910 when archaeologists excavated part of…

5. Cox Gallery

0.43 MILES

In a city increasingly known for its street art, it was inevitable that a gallery dedicated solely to street art would open. Enter Cox Gallery, with a…

6. Monument aux Girondins

0.45 MILES

This imposing fountain on vast square and public-transport hub Esplanade des Quinconces is a riot of horses. It was created between 1894 and 1902 in…

7. Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez

0.47 MILES

Glittering glass chandeliers, parquet flooring, original moulded ceilings and pretty peppermint-green painted wood-panelling create a wonderfully romantic…

8. Place Gambetta

0.49 MILES

The old street plaques – place Dauphiné and place Nationale – remain firmly on the wall of one building as a reminder of this tree-shaded square's…