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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
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+33 5 56 00 66 00
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Porte Cailhau is another city gate from medieval times set across the Garonne river. It's a gateway to tiny Old town narrow streets and fairy tale looking both day and night.

Thank B1714D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a medieval gate that is located across from the waterfront and enters into the old town area. Stunning at night when bathed in light, it is more interesting during the day when you can study it. The front and the back are very...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

by day & night. Worth a diversion to walk past/under. We were lucky enough to see it on a quiet Friday and then with 1000s flooding through to watch the Bastille celebration fireworks.

1  Thank PAUL E
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Porte Cailhau is located on Place du Palais by the waterfront. This medieval stone gate has its historical value as it controlled the entry of people to town and prevented intruders from all time. Currently if you want to climb up the top of this...More

1  Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed 17 May 2018

One of the mediaeval city gates. Well preserved/restored and open to visit. Interesting stuff about stone masons and good views from the top.

Thank Dr_Bob1
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and history with nice explanations in English. Worth a detour on a sunny day. Check out the bronze model of the city about 75 ft away.

1  Thank NCtravelz
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Pretty old and also well managed historical structure in the middle of the city. Even if you aren't history enthusiast it's worth of visit

Thank fisupeksu
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Dating from the late 1400’s this 100 foot city gate is open to the public, for a nominal fee. We visited during the evening and it was closed to visitors. Well lit at night making for an impressive photo opportunity.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 3 April 2018

They meant business when they built up this gate. Looks really impressive. It is historical gate built in the XV century. Since 1883, the gate has been included in the register of historical monuments of France. Porte Cailhau stands on the Palace Square (la place...More

5  Thank JolieMarjorie
Reviewed 30 March 2018

one of Bordeaux's impressive city gates, looking like a castle, controlling the access from the riverside and protecting the city from intruders - once upon a time. today tourists flock through and around.

1  Thank r0landbrunner
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