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Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces)

Bordeaux, France (Rue Sainte-Catherine)
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Ranked #21 of 87 Attractions in Bordeaux
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
112 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you were up in a balloon looking down then you'd get a better idea and impression of this vast square, apparently the largest in Europe. Multiple rows of trees (hence its name) run down to the Garonne's west bank and typical stone Bordeaux terrace properties border the north and south sides. A huge gravel space sits in the middle,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is considered the largest square in Europe, but there's little to see other than two columns facing the Garonne and a larger column in the back. The columns are beautiful, but the gravel square conveys a sense of emptiness.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
59 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

When you read about it on books your immagination starts to run, maybe too much considering how really is the Quinconces Esplanade: it is a massive gravely space where, on the bottom of it, if your shoulders are looking at the Garonne, you'll see a magnificent ensamble of stauts: the Momonument aux Girondins. The Monument is great, the Esplanade less.... More

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Metz, France
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144 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

One of the biggest squares in Europe, it's a definite must-see in Bordeaux. The sculptures and monuments are simply breathtaking. It's also easily accessible by tram, buses and the shuttle, so it can easily be incorporated into a trip as a pit stop to elsewhere.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As compared to esplanade close to the river, this one is not so nice. There is nothing very special about it. But you might still have a look at it when visiting the 'fontaine des girondins' which is just nearby.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

when you get here, you mustn't just pass by the fountain! the statues are works of art, which are full of delicate skills!

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Bordeaux, France
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Not much to see here unless there is a show, concert, antiques fair etc. Nice fountain at the top end.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Nice area to wander around close to tram stop and shops and cafes. Tram interchange stop located here.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Spectacular fountain and nice spacey plantain tree lined area giving way to the river. Good place for switching trams.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Walk over to the Quinconces and take some photos. It is utterly picturesque and a little awe inspiring

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