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Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces)

Bordeaux, France (Rue Sainte-Catherine)
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Ranked #20 of 71 Attractions in Bordeaux
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The tower and the fountain are very impressive, but not the square. If it would be something like "must see" the luna park would not take all the space.

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221 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The square is large and very empty apart from 2 monuments at one end, 2 statues on opposite sides and a huge fountain/monument at the far end. This monument alone makes the square worth visiting. It was dismantled at the beginning of the Second World War and almost got turned into scrap, but thanks to the foresight of some railway... More 

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Bourges, France
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

They knocked down an old fortified chateau to create a dust bowl for trams and buses to go skittering around. Bravo! ... but then the good burgers of Bordeaux seem to be more interested in money than their wonderful heritage

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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156 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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148 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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58 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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165 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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44 helpful votes 44 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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6 helpful votes 6 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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34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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