Place Pey Berland

Pey Berland Place & Cathédrale Saint-André

Place Pey-Berland is considered as Bordeaux’s main square. It features the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Tour Pey-Berland and the Hotel de Ville (town hall). It is a major transport hub with two of the cities tram lines running through it (A+B station : Hôtel de Ville) as well as bus stops and VCub (bike) stations. The large open square is a nice departure from the smaller more claustrophobic squares and streets nearby.

The earliest parts of the gothic Cathédrale Saint-André were opened by Pope Urban II in 1096 although a church had existed on this site since the IV century. The cathedral boasts a gothic nave modified during the XIII century, an ornate organ 1873 and was listed as a monument of historic importance in 1886. Eleanor of Aquitaine’s first marriage was conducted here in 1137 before her famous second marriage to Henry II of England.

The freestanding Tour Pey-Berland was constructed next to the cathedral in 1440 to house a large tenor bell that was too large and heavy for the existing towers of the cathedral. This tower was for a long time the tallest structure in the city until a storm 1617 caused the very top to partially collapse. The bell that is housed in the tower today weighs a massive 11 tonnes and is the fourth largest in France.

LOCAL TIP: Go up to the top of the Tower! It’s 231 steps up and only 19 people are allowed up at each time. Be sure to visit in the earlier opening hours when the queue isn’t as long. After huffing and puffing up the stairs, your breath is taken away once again with the amazing view of the old city!

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Mon : Closed Mornings : 10:00am to 12.30am Afternoons : 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Place Pey Berland,
33000 Bordeaux
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