Grosse Cloche

Bordeaux, France

The Grosse Cloche is one of the oldest belfries in France, in the heart of Bordeaux. It was built in the 8th century AD to the site of ancient Gallo-Roman gate and restored in the 15-16th centuries. The bell was cast in 1775 and weighs than 7,750 kilos. The bell was used to inform and alert citizens. It is the symbol of Bordeaux and still in the city coat of arms.


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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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an jas (9 months ago)
Amazing landmark. Places like that makes wandering around the city so much more enjoyable! I wish they would do tours inside it.
Mike Richardson (10 months ago)
ding dong make it a point to work by this clock it's an amazing piece of architecture that frames the city
BLUEDOT Creative (12 months ago)
Lovely surprise of the Grosse Cloche in the narrow lane and lively street. The building consists of the medieval bell, city wall and the church is well restored. Register on the website of the tourism center if you wish to visit the interior.
Ruisko Bonetti (13 months ago)
Very pretty and very cool. The bar next to it was also great. Definitely worth a visit. 5 star
Rob Fraser (13 months ago)
Very impressive gate with great architecture. Would liked to have been able to go in. Lots of unique shops around it on Rue St. James. Well worth a visit.
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