Monument aux Girondins
Monument aux Girondins
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Brucestewart
Livingston, UK9,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Situated within the Esplanade des Quincones this impressive monument dedicated to the Girondins, dominates the surrounding area. The Girondins were originally part of France’s Legislative Assembly, becoming one of the groups which supported the French Revolution as it began. In fact, they were one of the legislature’s most militant sections.

However, in October 1793, many Girondins were executed under the orders of Maximilien Robespierre, one of the leaders of the Revolution, after they began opposing the movement.

Monument aux Girondins was built in the early twentieth century as a memorial to the Girondins, now considered in France to be political martyrs. Depicting the Statue of Liberty standing atop a large pillar and flanked by two pools containing spectacular statues, Monument aux Girondins is a striking memorial to the Reign of Terror.

Well worth seeing.
Written 15 April 2024
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye7,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This column in the heart of Bordeaux, is very impressive, with an incredible amount of detail with regard to statues & fountains.
Written 6 August 2023
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irawine
Benicia, CA655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is a large, and very elaborate, monument dedicated to the Girondists. It is relatively easy to get to as there is a tram stop very close by. It is worth a visit.
Written 23 July 2023
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Malek Q
East Jerusalem86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Very central in Bordeaux and one can see the tall column from many different areas in the city center and from the different transport lines. The sculptures around the column are amazing and nice to see from the front and from behind after ascending the few steps. The square in front is rather dull and could be utilized in more interesting ways.
Written 13 July 2023
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
In the heart of Old Town Bordeaux, this monument is imposing with amazing fountains. Worth a good look around when you're in the area seeing other sights. We couldn't help but linger a little.
Written 10 July 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,923 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The pretentious monument to the Girondins is the dominant feature of the Quinconces Esplanade (Chess Esplanade). The huge esplanade itself was broken during the Restoration in 1820 on the site of the former castle. But the statue appeared only in 1902. At the top of the 50-meter column is the Statue of Liberty breaking the chains. The authors of this monument were Victor Rich and Alphonse Duilatre. The group sculptures were created by Felix Sharpantie and Gustav Debri, the author of sea horses masterpiece. All the sculptures below have an allegorical meaning. For example, a bare-breasted woman symbolizes the Republic. Almost like Delacroix, but there Freedom bared her chest. Since the monument is not an architectural masterpiece, the assessment of this monument is highly dependent on the political position. The Girondins, natives of Bordeaux, were good speakers, but poor organizers, so they lost in the political struggle with the Jacobins. Trying to save Louis XVI from execution, they lost the support of the masses. Not all of them ended up on the guillotine like Louis Capet (by Saint-Just's definition). Someone poisoned himself as the most famous Girondin, philosopher and mathematician Condorcet, someone fled and after the fall of the Jacobin dictatorship again became a member of the Convention. In general, the monument corresponds to the "heroes", is allegorical and eclectic.
Written 8 March 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This bombastic monument radiating energy and action is located by the western side of the Place des Quinconces. It was erected towards the end of the 19th century in honour of the Girondists, a loose faction of deputies of the 'Assemblée nationale législative', the parliament during the French Revolution. They were usually members of the upper bourgeoisie, with many originating from the Gironde, thus the name.

Considered as moderates they got into conflict with the Montagnards, whose members mostly came from Paris. End of October 1793 the Girondists were sentenced to the guillotine, marking the beginning of the 'Reign of Terror'. In later years they were looked upon as 'Martyrs of Liberty'. In this spirit this monument was erected.

Being a fountain as well, although without water, when we visited, it is full of symbols and allegories. In the middle stands a tall column with at the top a female with wings, thus an angel, representing 'Liberty breaking her iron'. The figure is wearing a Phrygian cap so typical for the French Revolution.

Underneath we see various sculptures, mostly nude or half nude females, but also men, putti and various creatures like sea horses. On two sides are seated figures, one representing the Republic, the other the Concorde. Other females are allegories of History and Eloquence. One stands for the City of Bordeaux, with two completely naked women on her sides: the river Garonne with a swan and the river Dordogne with a duck.

Other sculptures of the total 34 are the Gallic rooster, the putto riding a sturgeon and the three fallen men, standing for the sins: Ignorance, Dishonesty and Vice. For 40 years all the bronze figures had been missing, since the Germans in 1943 wanted to have them melted down. Taken away by railway to a foundry, they reappeared suddenly, since obviously French workers had them hidden instead of destroyed.
Written 13 February 2023
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
There is a lot to unpack here. Mythology is bumping up against reality (of the French Revolution). This is a huge and significant memorial to a life-changing (and history-changing event).

What is going on here? First, there is a very tall column upon which stand the winged-figure of a female holding aloft what could be chains in one hand and in the other, maybe (a guess here) a laurel branch? She looks more like the winged Greek goddess Victory than anything else. But Mythology will run through this piece (for us, IMHO).

The 3 miserable humans groveling in the pool represent ignorance, deceit, and vice. Pretty much the same today, we imagine. The lovely lady leading her horses out of the fountain is the spirit of the republic. It really wasn't a bad word then.

Moving on to mythology, the horses of Apollo sprung from the sea to pull Apolo's chariot across the sky.
Written 11 January 2023
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If Bordeaux is one of the most spectacular cities of France, Monument aux Girondins (close to River Gironde) is one of the most spectacular sights of Bordeaux.

It’s a must-see with plenty of photo ops. Allez, allez, allez!
Written 13 December 2022
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is an unusually large fountain filled with frolicking snorting horses with crab-like claws emerging from rocks while a group of men tumble into the water below. This scene is repeated on both curved fountain bowls on either side of the pedestral holding the very tall column with a Liberty statue atop breaking its chains. The chaotic water scene is such a contrast to the serene posture of "sunbathing" goddesses at the foot of the tall coumn. The figures in the water now have a turquoise patina which also contrasts to the white marble used for the goddesses. There are stairs that lead up to the pedestal for a closer look at the figures. There is a plaque near the fountain that explain in English why and when the fountain was erected. This fountain was a "must see photostop" for me.
Written 7 December 2022
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