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NewsFrance • 2011-12-26

Select the country and object's type Bordeaux listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site !

It is a recognition of our city\'s value and historic unity.

Bordeaux is exemplary thanks to the unity of its urban and architectural expression. This architecture is classical and neoclassical and met with nearly no stylistic changes for over two centuries.

The urban project launched in 1996 by Alain Juppé and made concrete by the cleaning of façades, the development of the quays along the Garonne river, the commissioning of the tram that runs on a ground-level power supply and the requalification of urban areas strengthened this desire to protect and showcase Bordeaux\'s heritage.

Bordeaux has more than 350 classified buildings and buildings listed as Historic Monuments, including 3 religious World Heritage buildings since 1998 as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

This is also the result of long-standing joint work together with all local and State authorities.

On the initiative of Alain Juppé, the city developed and defended its candidacy with the help of architects, town planners, historians, researchers and representatives of associations involved in heritage preservation.

The originality of Bordeaux’s approach lies in the size of the classified area.

Bordeaux is the leading urban conglomeration distinguished in such a vast and complex area.

The classified zone corresponds to the inside of the boulevards, to and including the Garonne. It stretches out over 1,810 hectares, or nearly half of the city’s surface area. Furthermore, the city of Bordeaux as a whole, the area outside of the boulevards and 8 surrounding communes (Bruges, Cenon, Floirac, le Bouscat, Lormont, Mérignac, Pessac and Talence) are concerned by the so-called heritage sensitivity area, which is also recognized.

For all classified cities and areas, being featured on the World Heritage List has had a highly beneficial impact on tourism in the years that have followed. It is an additional asset for the cultural and economic appeal of our city and our conglomeration.

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