Place de la Victoire

Place de la Victoire, Bordeaux: Address, Place de la Victoire Reviews: 3.5/5

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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,602 contributions
The Big Square
Oct 2019
This is a big square in the center of town. Some OK architecture around and lots of places to eat and drink. I recommend a guided walking tour.
Written July 15, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia29,259 contributions
Large Square
Jul 2019
Place de la Victoire is a huge public square. We walked through on a number of occasions, but did not find it particularly exciting. There are several shops around, including some nice cafes, but not a lot more. The most striking things in the square are the large Porte D' Aquitaine, an 18th century Gate celebrating some historic achievement and named after a royal Duke of Aquitaine. There is also a tall Obelisk as well as two beautiful and very popular sculptures of turtles. These two probably steal the show every time there are visitors around. The Square has some architecturally nice buildings, but the most important element is the amazing Rue Sainte Catherine, a long, pedestrianised shopping street which seems to have almost all of the city's population on it every day from early afternoon onwards! The square is also at the crossroads of some major roads as well as some transport, including trams, buses, taxis and other traffic.
Written June 15, 2020
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium24,836 contributions
Not a must-see site
Jan 2020
Arriving at Place de la Victoire from the extremely busy rue Sainte Catherine – January sales in full swing – was quite a surprise. The Place appeared like a vast empty space with something that looked like an oversized empty pedestal in the middle. A contemporary sculpture by Tcheck artist Ivan Theimer erected in 2005 as a tribute to vines and wine, we read in our guide, but we failed to see the connection. To the delight of selfie-addicted tourists and small children, there are two giant bronze tortoises next to the column, clearly able to carry a lot of weight.
Written February 6, 2020
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Philippe B
Toulouse, France5,742 contributions
Interesting square
Dec 2019 • Family
This square is located on the former walls of the city although the door we can see has been built at the end of the 18th century, precisely when the walls were dismantled.
You can also see three sculptures of the Czech artist Ivan Theimer: a marble obelisk and two bronze turtles.
Written December 25, 2019
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JCVH
Scotland, UK412 contributions
Victorious
Sep 2019 • Solo

One of Bordeaux's most prominent squares, Place de la Victoire has an unusual collection of attributes that actually make it quite hard to miss upon a visit to the city.

First, and probably most importantly, there are no less than 3 monuments: a fairly modern obelisk which is the least interesting, a bronze statue of an adult and baby turtle (which represents the slow process of making wine, Bordeaux's main export) and an arch to celebrate a Napoleonic victory.

While Bordeaux is home to many such arches, this one is a rarity given its rather grand placement. While it is worth a look in itself, the turtles are the real hit here, and there's usual a crowd taking photos of them.

The monuments aren't the only reason you'll find yourself here though, as it stands on the verge of the huge Rue St. Catherine shopping street and boasts a wide selection of cafes and restaurants around its edges. Popular with students due to the close proximity to the university, this is one of those great focal points where people just seem to naturally gather.

Bordeaux is one of those great cities where everything is close and practical and you end up stumbling upon most of the sights, and as such it's hard to avoid this square anyway, but I definitely think that it is somewhere you should visit at least once, even if just to start your journey down the shopping street.
Written October 7, 2019
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Mark Vandael
Hoboken, Belgium363 contributions
nice portal and view
Jul 2019 • Solo
whenever you are here (perhaps to have dinner @ Auguste?) it is worth taking some picture of the monuments on this place
Written July 2, 2019
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Turkey6,114 contributions
Majestic arch but not wort a special visit
Jun 2019 • Couples
We passed from this square on our way from Saint Michel to Saint Andre. The arch of triumph is majestic but is a little out of place there. You can go to Saint Catherine shopping street from here.

The modern obelisk in the middle of the square is very ugly, small compared to the size of the square and the arch and quite meaningless. Unfortunately I didn’t take s photo so you can’t see that I am right!
I don’t know why it was put there. The tortoise statue next to it is very nice and everyone has photos taken with this statue instead of the obelisk!

Don’t change your itinerary for this square unless you are there for a reason.
Written June 27, 2019
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L_T
Singapore, Singapore468 contributions
Place de la victoire is easily accessed with TBM tram in Bordeaux
Jun 2019 • Friends
Bordeaux has many famous, beautiful or lively squares. Place de la Victoire is one of them.

The major attractions in this square are
1) Arc de triomphe (during napoleon, it was a tradition to build an arc upon victory)
2) Plano restaurant (an honest, stylish, easy to order menu french restaurant)
3) Coffee shop ( French time: 4 pm coffee time until 7 pm then dinner at 7:30 pm)

There is a TBM tram station just right next to the Place de la Victoire. With the TBM train, it carries one to numerous city attractions such as the new museum of vin.
Written June 12, 2019
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland4,458 contributions
Students and cheap fashion
May 2019 • Solo
The area is popular with students from the Bordeaux University by the square and their companions coming to town by tram from the big campus near by. The restaurants mainly offer take away and inexpensive Asian dishes to eat at the counter. A long pedestrian street leading to the city centre is full of shops selling cheap fashion.
Written May 31, 2019
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Global Citizen X
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Bordeaux - A dirty city full of bums, human waste, and beggars
May 2019 • Solo
I traveled to Bordeaux with high hopes - finally visiting France's preeminent wine region. When I arrived I found extremely dirty city streets.. often having to step over human feces and puddles of human urine when crossing through side streets to get to the river.

I was begged at least a dozen times, in common city/walking areas, during my 2.5 day stay.

The city itself seems ugly and dark. I began to wonder why part of the 2bn in annual revenue for the wine region is not used to improve the city and the widespread homless/bum/beggar/pickpocket problem. While practically the entire city reminds you of the worst parts of San Francisco (human waste on sidewalks), Bordeaux has a much smaller population that seems to be within the realm of possibility for being cleaned up and being a normal city. For example, Barcelona is much larger and 20x cleaner.

The interesting sights, restaurants, and nightlife were all outweighed by the dirtiness, human waste problems, and constantly present beggars.

I was pickpocketed of my $1200 smartphone (which doesn't work on Europe's GSM network). I have only myself to blame as I didn't realize I was in such a disgusting and poverty ridden city, and should have never taken my cell or more than $20 euros out of my apartment.

Want to visit one of the great wine regions of France? Fly into the airport (outside of the city) and take a registered cab directly to a villa in one of the surrounding towns.

If you really must visit Bordeaux city, don't take valuables, don't travel alone or in small groups late at night, don't take more cash on you than you're willing to lose. And you'll be quite underwhelmed by whatever you thought you'd see by traveling into the city center of this filthy, third world type city in one of the world's most prosperous wine regions.
Written May 29, 2019
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