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Porte Cailhau

Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city walls. In 1864, it was rented by a public letter writer and a person whose job was to weigh salt. They were both evicted in order to renovate the monument. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from here.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like many ancient sights in Europe, the name is a bit of a mystery -- whether it is derived from an ancient noble family of Bordeaux or from pebbles that washed ashore from the Garonne River. This arch is built on the site of an...More

Thank Nitvoyodelo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very impressive structure but hard to get a picture the day we were there without someone begging in the shot. Spoilt it a bit for me. Worth seeing by night as it is lit up well.

Thank Austimum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old gate to the city with tall spires that give the appearance of an old chateau or magical castle. Interestingly, each side of the gate look rather different. The front (river) side has two spires plus the central tower whereas the...More

Thank Craig M
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

When you look at this structure you just have to stand back and look at awe as it is so detailed and feels magnificent in that it towers above everything else that is modern This just has a good feel to it that it seems...More

Thank badmintontim
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Built from 1493 - 1496 this monumental gate is across the river from the Palais De l' Ombriere dedicated to Charles VIII in 1495 for his victory at the Battle of Fournoue. It's a very interesting gate close to the road along the waterfront and...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A historic and enchanting old building forming a portal into the old town. There is a pretty square behind it lined with cafes and restaurants so it is a good place to take a break from your sightseeing. There is a viewing deck at the...More

Thank Peeceecee
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Not only is this better than any Disney Land castle, it is the entry way into a pretty little square, the hub of the hood. A few cafes and eateries offer breakfadt, lunch or dinner or a spot to relax with coffee or a glass...More

Thank busyeater
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This square facing the Porte Caillou, built over 500 years ago, in 1496 is a wonderful place to sit a have a drink, a meal, or just a coffee. in one of several restaurants.

Thank WalkingStomach
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Very well preserved entrance to the old city. It reminds me of the chateau de chambord at Loire valley.

Thank KOULA_1968
Reviewed 13 September 2017

When walking around Bordeaux this gate gives you a great feeling for the ancient heart of the city. Its located beside beautiful place with many cafes.

Thank TravelerMUPU
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