Friday, 6 March 2009

The Best Bordeaux Wine Holidays – The Saint Pierre Quarter

The Saint Pierre Quarter lies right at the heart of Bordeaux and is one of the most beautiful and historic quarters. If it's magnificent architecture seems familiar this is because the quarter has featured in many film sets! As Bordeaux's livelihood relied on the waters of the river they honoured Saint Peter - the fisherman and apostle of Jesus – and the quarter is named for him. It is made up of beautiful little streets, some of which are still paved.

Saint Pierre is Bordeaux's culinary capital, with a large amount of restaurants to suit every taste and pocket—something for gourmets and gourmands. The Place du Parlement is home to some wonderful architecture and a decorative fountain. Also in the area is the Saint Pierre Church, built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the site of the former Gallo-Roman port.

In the 4th century, the Rue du Cancéra marked the entrance of the ancient harbour. Hercules was it's guardian and in 1832 a bronze statue of Hercules was discovered under the mud. It is now in the Museum of Aquitaine.

The Saint Pierre Quarter is lined with the Louis XV residences and The Place du Parlement is home to wonderful architecture, a decorative neo-renaissance fountain, and many bars and restaurants with open-air terraces, perfect for a late-afternoon drink in summer. The market held in front of Saint Pierre church is the leading organic market with a 20-year history of bringing naturally cultivated produce to old Bordeaux.

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