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Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces)

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Address: Bordeaux, France
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Beautiful fountain, not much else

This is the largest square in Europe and is bizarrely empty, apart from some statues and a large fountain. The fountain is beautiful and worth seeing. The craftmanship that went... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is the largest square in Europe and is bizarrely empty, apart from some statues and a large fountain. The fountain is beautiful and worth seeing. The craftmanship that went into it is amazing, it's so detailed and realistic. Definitely worth seeing

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

It is said the largest square in europe but i gound nothing special except quite beautiful view in the autumn, and impressive tower and fountain. Easy to locate and to get here by tram and bus, cheap transportation 😚

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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