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BordeauxThen & Now

Set of eight then and now photos of Bordeaux.

Photos thanks to Harvey Morgan.

Built between the years 1743 and 1757, the buildings on this cornor of Allées de Tourny don't look to have changed much in the last 100 years. The centerpiece Maison Gobineau, built 1786-1788, is now home to the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux. In both photos you can easily make out the Colonne du monument aux Girondins - down the street on the right.

The 'Grande Poste' (building left with pillars) on rue du Palais-Gallien was used by the French postal service from 1893 to 2004. You can still find Poste, Telegraphe, Telephone written on it above the three arches. The post office left in 2004 and the building was converted into luxury apartments.

The Porte de Bourgogne dates to 1750 and took five years to build. Today it's part of Place Bir-Hakeim and is a stop on Bordeaux's tram lines A & C. In the 'then' photo, notice on the right two cars of Bordeaux's former tram system. The old system went out of service in 1958 and a new system was born in 2003 - tracks in 'now' photo.

Place de Tourny is named after Louis-Urbain-Aubert de Tourny, whose statue looks over the square.

On the right is the crown jewel of Bordeaux culture - Le Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, inaugurated in April 1780. The inside of Le Grand Théâtre was restored in 1991 and is well worth a visit. Today Le Grand Théâtre is home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Le Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux front and center.

The Pont de Pierre was built under Napoleon I from 1810-1822. Just before WWII there was a plan to demolish the bridge. Thankfully that never happened and Pont de Pierre was enlarged in the 1950s. More work was done on the bridge in 2003, for Bordeaux's new tram line and again in 2004, so that parts of the A380 could pass under bridge when transported for assembly.

Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux dates to 1096, but only a wall in the nave remains of the original construction. Most of what you see today was build in the 14th and 15th centuries.


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