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Porte Cailhau

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Address: Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city...

The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city walls. In 1864, it was rented by a public letter writer and a person whose job was to weigh salt. They were both evicted in order to renovate the monument. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from here.

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Announcing the Renaissance

Historians disagree as to the provenance of the name, but they are sure that it was built to announce the Victory of Charles VIII in Italy. If you feel like claiming to the top... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Historians disagree as to the provenance of the name, but they are sure that it was built to announce the Victory of Charles VIII in Italy. If you feel like claiming to the top, it will afford you great views of the city. **

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Bordeaux, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When walking around Bordeaux, it's definitely worth taking a look at this ancient gateway to the old part of the city. Opening out into the beautiful Place de Palais line with cafes, it gives you a great feeling for the ancient heart of Bordeaux.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this gate for its impressive size and beauty, but the best thing about it is that its the entrance to a very interesting part of Bordeaux - an area populated by young people, lots of fun wine bars and restaurants appealing to all ages, and a great place to rent an apartment or take a hotel. We always... More 

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots and lots of people in the street for blocks and blocks, so don't go here if you're agoraphobic. But otherwise fantastic sidewalk cafes and shopping.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 735 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another tower to climb - should you desire to do so. Previously a major gate into the city but now just a landmark. Brief bio of gate nearby. 1758.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is in the centre and looks really amazing at night. It feels like the beginning of a castle but you can just walk right through.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tower is so beautiful, magical looking and quite an entrance to the historical area. During the day you can imagine princesses being locked away there and knights saving them, fantastic medieval scenes played out because this tower is like a great fairytale. At night lights flood its haunting beauty giving this tower another look entirely, so make sure you... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the ancient monuments of the city. Definitely a must see! The wall that used to compose the monument no longer exist, but Porte Cailhau itself deserves a beautiful picture!

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I'm so lucky that my rented apartment in Bordeaux has a up close and personal view of this magnificent castle like structure that was built in the years 1493 - 1496. This was once the entrance to the walled city of Bordeaux. It's worth seeing Porte Cailhau in both the daylight hours and just after sunset when the buildings lights... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Can't miss it if you walk along the river, taking a closer look we saw that it was open. The exhibits are over 3 floors which gives information of the history. On the top floor one has great views over the rooftops and surrounding area. At 5 Euro a person, if open I suggest going. Well worth it.

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