Place de la Bourse

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Place de la Bourse at night with the Miroir d'eau and Bordeaux tramway

Place de la Bourse is a square in Bordeaux, France and one of the city's most recognisable sights. Built from 1730 to 1775, its architect was Ange-Jacques Gabriel.[1]

History[edit]

In the original plan, there was a statue of King Louis XV of France. However, the statue was destroyed during the French Revolution. After the destruction of the statue, a Corinthian column-fountain was built on the square. Finally, in 1869 "Three Graces" was installed in the same location.

Design of the surrounding buildings was finished by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1739, however the project was issued two weeks after the architect's death. After his death, his son came in change and finished the construction of the buildings.[2]

Architecture[edit]

This square is one of the most representative works of classical French architectural art of the eighteenth century. In the north stood the Palais de la Bourse (current Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux) and in the south the Hotel des Fermes (now Interregional Directorate of Customs and Indirect Rights which houses the National Museum of Customs). This one was made by Ange-Jacques Gabriel between 1735 and 1738 and the sculptures represent Minerve protecting the arts and Mercury favoring the commerce of the city.

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Coordinates: 44°50′29″N 0°34′12″W / 44.8415°N 0.5700°W / 44.8415; -0.5700