38 Facts About Bordeaux


Bordeaux is a port city on the river Garonne in the Gironde department, Southwestern France.

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Bordeaux is a world capital of wine, with its castles and vineyards of the Bordeaux region that stand on the hillsides of the Gironde and is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo.

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Bordeaux is one of the centers of gastronomy and business tourism for the organization of international congresses.

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Bordeaux is an international tourist destination for its architectural and cultural heritage with more than 350 historic monuments, making it, after Paris, the city with the most listed or registered monuments in France.

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The metropolis has received awards and rankings by international organizations such as in 1957, Bordeaux was awarded the Europe Prize for its efforts in transmitting the European ideal.

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In June 2007, the Port of the Moon in historic Bordeaux was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, for its outstanding architecture and urban ensemble and in recognition of Bordeaux's international importance over the last 2000 years.

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Bordeaux is ranked as a Sufficiency city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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In 778, Seguin was appointed count of Bordeaux, probably undermining the power of the Duke Lupo, and possibly leading to the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.

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Under the Carolingians, sometimes the Counts of Bordeaux held the title concomitantly with that of Duke of Vasconia.

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Bordeaux adhered to the Fronde, being effectively annexed to the Kingdom of France only in 1653, when the army of Louis XIV entered the city.

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Bordeaux was largely anti-Bonapartist and the majority supported the Bourbons.

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Georges-Eugene Haussmann, a longtime prefect of Bordeaux, used Bordeaux's 18th-century large-scale rebuilding as a model when he was asked by Emperor Napoleon III to transform the quasi-medieval Paris into a "modern" capital that would make France proud.

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In May and June 1940, Bordeaux was the site of the life-saving actions of the Portuguese consul-general, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who illegally granted thousands of Portuguese visas, which were needed to pass the Spanish border, to refugees fleeing the German occupation.

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Bordeaux is located close to the European Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France and in the north of the Aquitaine region.

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Bordeaux's climate was last officially classified as a temperate oceanic climate, although in more recent temperature records, from 1991 to 2020, it has warmed to become a humid subtropical climate .

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Bordeaux is a major centre for business in France as it has the sixth largest metropolitan population in France.

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White Bordeaux is made from Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.

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The "Road of the lasers", a major project of regional planning, promotes regional investment in optical and laser related industries leading to the Bordeaux area having the most important concentration of optical and laser expertise in Europe.

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Bordeaux is the capital of five cantons and the Prefecture of the Gironde and Aquitaine.

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The headquarters of Urban Community of Bordeaux Meriadeck is located in the neighbourhood and the city is at the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry that bears his name.

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In Bordeaux, the left was for the first time in its history the majority as it held two of three constituencies following the elections.

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At present, of the eight cantons that has Bordeaux, five are held by the PS and three by the UMP, the left eating a little each time into the right's numbers.

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Bordeaux is located in the district "Southwest", here are the results:.

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Bordeaux voted in the 2019 European Parliament election in France.

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In 1441, when Bordeaux was an English town, the Pope Eugene IV created a university by demand of the archbishop Pey Berland.

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Bordeaux has numerous public and private schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

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Bordeaux is home to one of Europe's biggest 18th-century architectural urban areas, making it a sought-after destination for tourists and cinema production crews.

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Bordeaux's was trafficked by them from West Africa, to Philadelphia and was ultimately freed and lived in Haiti.

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Region of Bordeaux was the land of several prominent abolitionists, as Montesquieu, Laffon de Ladebat and Elisee Reclus.

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Bordeaux is the first city in France to have created, in the 1980s, an architecture exhibition and research centre, Arc en reve.

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Bordeaux offers a large number of cinemas, theatres, and is the home of the Opera national de Bordeaux.

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In October 2021, Bordeaux was shortlisted for the European Commission's 2022 European Capital of Smart Tourism award along with Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Ljubljana, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia.

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Bordeaux has five road bridges that cross the Garonne, the Pont de pierre built in the 1820s and three modern bridges built after 1960: the Pont Saint Jean, just south of the Pont de pierre, the Pont d'Aquitaine, a suspension bridge downstream from downtown, and the Pont Francois Mitterrand, located upstream of downtown.

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Bordeaux has an important public transport system called Transports Bordeaux Metropole .

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Work on the Tramway de Bordeaux system was started in the autumn of 2000, and services started in December 2003 connecting Bordeaux with its suburban areas.

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Union Bordeaux Begles is a rugby team in the Top 14 in the Ligue Nationale de Rugby.

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Bordeaux is home to a beautiful quay which runs along the Garonne river.

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Bordeaux is the home to one of the strongest cricket teams in France and are champions of the South West League.

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