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Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 12th Century
Date of Inscription: 2007
Location: Europe, France, Department of Gironde, Region of Aquitaine
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Description: This historic center of the port city of south-western France, Bordeaux, Port of the Moon, is a unique urban and architectural ensemble dating to the Enlightenment, the values of which were relevant up until the first half of 20th century. The city holds more protected buildings than any other French city, with the exception of Paris. The site also played a significant historic role hosting an exchange of cultural values for more than 2,000 years, mainly since the 12th century owing to its commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. From the early 18th century onwards the city’s urban and architectural plans have consigned it as an exceptional example of innovative classical and neo-classical trends and have also given it an outstanding urban and architectural unity and coherence. Philosophers at one point had wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture, and Bordeaux’s urban form represents the success this idea. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Bordeaux (Gascon: Bordèu) is a port city in the southwest of France, with one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area at a 2007 estimate. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais. With a population of 1,200,000 inhabitants in the Bordeaux-Arcachon-Libourne metropolitan area, the fifth metropolitan area in France is known to be the world's wine industry capital, and it is considered Europe's main military space and aeronautics research and construction complex. Bordeaux wine draws its name from the city around which it has been produced since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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