The Tour Pey Berland, the bell tower to visit

With an exceptional view over the city of Bordeaux, the Tour Pey Berland allows the best view of the city. Named after the Archbishop Pey Berland who initiated its construction in 1440, this 15th-century Gothic bell tower is a precious heritage site of the city. Associated with the Cathedral of Saint-André, it hosts several ancient church bells. Since 2007, the building has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

A Vertiginous Point of View

It is one of the most beautiful views of Bordeaux, along with the Belvédère of la Cité du Vin. At its height of 66 meters, the tower offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux with its two terraces. The first, at an elevation of 40 meters, allows you to admire the main monuments and districts of Bordeaux. You can also see the two smaller bells of the belfry. The second terrace, accessible after climbing the 233 steps from the ground and 10 meters higher than the first, overlooks the entire city and encircles the spire of the bell tower for a 360º view.

 

A Bell Tower Detached from the Cathedral

At the time of its construction, the steeple of the Saint-André cathedral, built on marshy land, could not accommodate new and more colossal bells. The structure of the cathedral would not have withstood such a weight, the tenor bell (an imposing bell with a deep and grave sound) weighs more than 8 tons alone and is one of the largest tenor bells in France. This is why Archbishop Pey Berland decided to build a separate tower of the cathedral, specially designed to house these majestic bells. This is called a campanile, or a free-standing bell tower. In total, there are 3 monumental bells named Marie; Clémence and Marguerite; and Ferdinand the tenor bell that sometimes still chimes in the heart of la Place Pey Berland (Pey Berland Square).

 

Notre-Dame watching over Bordeaux

At the top of this tower, the imposing statue of Notre-Dame d’Aquitaine watches over the inhabitants. It has been standing 66 meters high since 1863. Previously, an arrow was placed on top of the Tour Pey Berland. It was destroyed in 1617 by a violent storm and then replaced by the golden statue of the Virgin. Facing intentionally North, the Virgin looks in the direction of the village of Saint-Raphaël, the hometown of Pey Berland.

Practical Information

Where

Place Pey-Berland
33000 BORDEAUX

Opening Hours

OCTOBER – MAY: open every day except Mondays 10h00-12h30 / 14h00-17h30
JUNE – SEPTEMBER: open every day 10h00-13h15 / 14h00-18h00
Closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
Ticket office closes 30 minutes earlier.
Average Duration Visit: 30 minutes

Entry Fee

Full Price: 6 €
Reduced Price: 5 €

Accessibility

Ticket office and gift shop only
233 steep and uneven steps

Languages

Printed guide leaflet available in 9 languages

Misc

Restaurants nearby
Gift and Book Shop

Find out more

http://www.pey-berland.fr/

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