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Even if you are not a great wine drinker, this fantastic French city which was rightfully titled "City of Art and History", has plenty to offer. Bordeaux can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and not in vain. Its urban architectural regions developed in the 19th century and they include many unique buildings and monuments. And yet, this busy metropolitan keeps a relaxed attitude and open mindedness rarely found in big urbanized cities. The city is known for its tolerance regarding religious faiths, political views or sexual orientation and it has a rich culture of leisure, music and entertainment.
A good example of the city's architectural superiority can be the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, which was built at 1780. It was designed by the well-known architect Victor Louis, who also designed the Palais Royal. This extraordinary building includes massive colossal columns and exquisite statues. Today the Ballet National de Bordeaux and Opera National de Bordeaux both reside in the building.
There is no shortage of magnificent constructions in Bordeaux. Travelers can tour the nearly thousand years old Saint-Andre Cathedral or admire the huge, nearby tower known as Tour Pey Berland. Some of the ancient buildings like the Gothic basilica of Saint Michael, the church of St Pierre or the Sainte-Croix Church fill the viewer in awe, communicating long-forgotten times of greatness. No one can view the famous Basilica of Saint-Seurin, the oldest church in a city full of old churches, and feel indifferent to its magnitude and structural greatness.
For a restful pause, children and adults alike will enjoy the Bordeaux gardens which are opened throughout the day during the spring and summer (usually March to October). Admission is free and they offer beautiful break from the urbanized environment.
And yet, what made the city most famous around the world weren't its great sights, but a different treasure which is highly transportable and easily kept in old bottles. The Bordeaux region prides itself on having over 280,000 acres of flourishing vineyards, 13,000 grape growers and no less than 10,000 active wineries. Over 700 million bottles are corked in the area each year and the region manufactures both high-class, exclusive wines and standard, delicious table-wine, fit for any pocket.
This is your chance to see where such prestige, fine wines as Chateau Ausone, Chateau Latour, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Cheval Blanc are produced. Many city tours dedicate themselves to the grand vineyards in the area and will allow you to learn about the vine-growing and winemaking process as well as taste or purchase some of the local merchandize.
This pleasurable French city also has many museums and shopping areas that are worth you visit, and if you wish to learn more about what it has to offer, visit the official site Bordeaux-City.com.