Guided Visit to Palais Rohan Hotel de Ville, Bordeaux- June 24th

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We are counting on member’s support for this iconic visit. We have organised a paid guide from the Office of Tourism and therefore would be very pleased to see as many of you as possible registering, to a maximum of 25 people for the current reservation, at a minimum price of 7€ per person, (a little more if less members).

After the visit we will adjourn to a nearby restaurant (details and booking later), after which Alain will continue the day with interesting walk and talk in the Palais Rohan gardens (photo below).

Situated near the Saint-André Cathedral, the Town Hall has been occupied since 1835, following an exchange between the State and the former archdiocese. It is entitled the Palais Rohan, having been named after the prelate who had it built in the last quarter of the 18th century: Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadeck, Prince of Rohan Guémené.

It’s facade is in the style of Louis XVI and despite numerous modifications, the Palace possesses one of the most beautiful staircases in France. In addition to this grand staircase designed by Bonfin, the interior of the palace has a series of lounges on the ground floor with linden wood paneling sculpted by Cabirol and a dining room decorated with trompe-l’oeil figures, the eye by Lacour and Beringazo.

Follow our guide-lecturer to go behind the scenes of this emblematic monument, built between 1771 and 1784. You will also pass through the remarkable salons of the Palais Rohan, and the municipal council hall, fitted out in 1889 with the characteristic architecture of the Third Republic.

During its lifetime, it has served as the Hôtel de l’Archevêché, the Hôtel du Département Administration du Gironde (1790), the seat of the Revolutionary Court, the Hôtel de la Préfecture, the Imperial Palace or Royal Château, before the Palais Rohan became City Hall in 1835.

We will meet at 10.45h in front of la grille d’honneur (côté place Pey Berland) for the 11 o’clock tour lasting 45/50 minutes.

To avoid disappointment, please register at your earliest opportunity by sending an email to Gary on If there is an over-whelming response it may be possible to organise a second tour on the same day. This will need numbers very quickly in order to confirm the availability of a guide.

Once the restaurant is known, menu choices and reservations will be requested on HelloAsso.

Gary Brooks – Association Webmaster