Palais Rohan

Bordeaux, France

The Palais Rohan is the name of the Hôtel de Ville, or City Hall, of Bordeaux. In 1771, the new Archbishop of Bordeaux, Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadec, prince of Rohan, decided to rebuilt the old medieval archbishopric, not enough worthy of its rank.

Designed by the architect Richard-François Bonfin, it took 13 years to build and was completed in 1784. It is a hotel particulier, entre cour et jardin (between Courtyard and Garden), and features an austere Louis XVI-style façade. Its staircase is considered a masterpiece of stone masonry.

After the French Revolution, the building housed in 1791 the Gironde department prefecture before becoming the Bordeaux Town Hall in 1835.

Designed in 1889, the municipal council room is characteristic of official architecture during the Third Republic.

The garden, initially designed in the French formal style, now takes on an English landscape style. Since 1880, it has been bordered by two wings that house the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux.



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Founded: 1771-1784
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Fabiola Dantas (15 months ago)
From outside is espetacular!
kannappan perumal (15 months ago)
Very kind and helpful.
Antoine M (4 years ago)
This is a gorgeous building, even if you can't explore inside when I visited. Like most other visitors you can only stand near the guardhouse and take photos. Unless you visit Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux which is part of this complex. Bearing in mind that this building is named Palais Rohan which houses Bordeaux City Hall and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, so you still have a chance to explore part of it. Perfectly situated near Bordeaux Cathédrale. Worth reading up its glorious history to add dimensions to your photos and your experience. Worth a look.
Shahpoor Irani (5 years ago)
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