St André cathedral

Bordeaux
Aquitaine
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Built on the design of a Latin cross, the Romanesque cathedral of the 11th century has largely disappeared, except for the walls of the nave, after most of the cathedral was rebuilt in the Angevin Gothic style between the 12th to 16th centuries. 

Impressive flying buttresses were added to support this huge structure and beside the cathedral stands the Gothic Tour Pey-Berland, the bell tower, which was built separately from the cathedral, as is common in this area.

You can reach the top of the tower by walking up the 231 steps of the spiral staircase to the top from which you'll receive a panoramic view of Bordeaux. 

Places to visit nearby

Bordeaux in Aquitaine is the region's capital and the home of French wine-making, recognised world-wide for its excellent wines, and is beautifully situated on the River Garonne.

Saint-Émilion in Aquitaine is the oldest wine area in the Bordeaux region and is a pretty medieval town with magnificent underground catacombs.

Arcachon in Aquitaine is a beautiful coastal town inside the inspiring inland sea of the bay of Arcachon.

Nearby attractions

Housed inside the 18th century Hôtel de Lalande, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Bordeaux showcases many forms of decorative arts from several different eras including furniture, glassware, silverware, ceramics, engravings,...

Containing works of art from the 15th century to the 20th century, the Museé des Beaux Arts is one of the 10 largest fine arts museums in France.

Presenting the history of the Aquitaine region from prehistory to the present day, the Museum of Aquitaine contains prestigious collections of archaeological and enthnographical artefacts.