Porte Cailhau
Porte Cailhau
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The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city walls. In 1864, it was rented by a public letter writer and a person whose job was to weigh salt. They were both evicted in order to renovate the monument. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from here.
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Tucson20,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Gothic-Renaissance (that is the "flamboyant" part) in character, and built between 1493 and 1496, it ended up being dedicated to King Charles VIII of France upon a significant victory.

On the side of the gate facing the river, look for his likeness in the center of the tower's facade. The other two figures are of a saint and a cardinal who accompanied him on the battle.

At the window corners are interesting looking gargoyle characters but the most attention-grabbing feature is the slate roof capped by a series of witches hats peaks.

The entry through the gate is beneath a beautiful church-like archway. It is very close to the grand and glorious triumphal arch (subject of a different TA review).
Written January 13, 2023
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JolieMarjorie
State of Bremen, Germany98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
They meant business when they built up this gate. Looks really impressive.
It is historical gate built in the XV century. Since 1883, the gate has been included in the register of historical monuments of France.
Porte Cailhau stands on the Palace Square (la place du Palais) on the riverside. Located between the mouths of the two Bordeaux rivers, the Peugue (Cours d'Alsace et Lorraine) and the Devèze (rue de la Devise), it was the main entrance in the city. It gave access to the Palace of the Ombrière, the residence of the dukes of Guyenne, then the seat of the Parliament of Bordeaux from 1462 (torn down in 1800).
It is interesting to see this monument and know the history behind it.
Written April 2, 2018
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miss-sparkly
London, UK41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
We were told after we paid the viewing deck was closed. We were told that we had the option to go back later on our tickets, however this didn't fit into our plans. The building itself is beautiful, but the museum inside needs to be expanded, and is lacking much historical information.
Written July 22, 2017
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Stuart P
Sheffield, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Once occupied by King Richard the Lionheart, the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen consort of France and England and one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages.

She married King Louis VII of France, son of her guardian, King Louis VI. As queen of France, the marriage being annulled after 15 years as she did not produce a son.

As soon as the annulment was granted, Eleanor became engaged to the duke of Normandy, who became King Henry II of England in 1154. Henry was her third cousin and 11 years younger. Over the next 13 years, she bore eight children: five sons, three of whom became kings; and three daughters. the second son being Richard the Lionheart.
England ruled Aquitaine for some 300 years and this building, which was part of the original city walls is in excellent condition - as are all of the buildings in Bordeaux, none of which are over-shadowed by high-rise buildings.
Written May 7, 2019
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CarolD56
Enfield, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A fascinating look back in history, with exhibits on all floors. Stairs steep and narrow. Interesting view from the top.
Written April 12, 2019
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Baxterp
Paris, France172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Tucked away this is such a cool bell tower. Great shops and cafes below it. So well worth the walk over.
Written December 31, 2015
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Faith H
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
A great thing to do quickly before a boat tour. This site is small and it doesn't take much time to see it but it makes for a great stop before getting on a boat tour. The first 2 levels free. A small fee for the upper levels which provide a great view of the city and water. This is included in your Bordeaux Visit Card if you end up buying one of those from the Tourist Office. There is also a great little cafe on the corner that makes for a good cup of tea stop.
Written October 12, 2015
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Bob M
Birmingham, UK1,622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This old gate in the (now vanished) city wall is well worth a visit. It has a small museum on the 1st floor and several rooms above. Perhaps talks too much about stone masons, but still very interesting. Rcommended
Written July 25, 2013
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150810Frank
Isla Mujeres, Mexico97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
Just like most of Bordeaux refurbished old city , give yourself the necessary time to walk all over the old downtown , visit churches and chapel from St Pierre to StMichel church, a little walk into the middle ages and the 18th century constructions, then a strall on the river walk, what a treat !
Written June 17, 2013
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DimiEG
Versailles, France193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
An amazing building that makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale. On of the best spots in an amazing city.
Written May 23, 2013
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