The Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’Eau, a temporal opposition

These are two very well-known and famous squares in Bordeaux. The Place de la Bourse and its imposing building made of Bordeaux stones now date back almost three centuries. The Miroir d’Eau (Water Mirror), facing the Place de la Bourse, has mirror effects that vary according to the weather. A piece of art by Michel Corajou, a French landscape designer. One cannot go without the other, it is essential to walk there during a visit to Bordeaux.


A square full of history

Opened in 1749, the Place de la Bourse has had many other names such as Place Royale. However, during the French Revolution, it took the name of Place de la Liberté, followed by a new name under the reign of Napoleon I, the Place Impériale. The current name of Place de la Bourse dates from 1848.

This emblematic place of Bordeaux – which took twenty long years of construction – is located at the entrance to the Port de la Lune, welcoming visitors from all over the world.

The Fountain of the Three Graces was not originally located in this prestigious square. At the beginning, there was an equestrian statue of the king, which was replaced afterwards by a temporary statue of Napoleon. The location of the Fountain of the Three Graces is no coincidence, it has an emblematic meaning, explained in the commentaries of our audio-guided tour Bordeaux Visiotour.


The world’s largest mirror in Bordeaux

In addition to being the largest Water Mirror in the world, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 2005 and 2006 during the renovation of the Bordeaux quays, its surface is 3,450 m2 by two cm deep, with an underground storage capacity of 800 cubic meters.

The Miroir d’Eau has been designed to be admired, but also to wade, to refresh oneself, to rest… However, have you ever seen it from 4 meters high point of vue? It is an unusual and original way to visit Bordeaux. Come and discover Bordeaux with our panoramic bus Visiotour.


Day and night, two different atmospheres

The beauty of the Water Mirror can be revealed in two different ways: day and night. At night, the lighting of the gardens around provides a special atmosphere, where one can appreciate the place differently from the atmosphere during the day.

Regarding the mirror itself, you wonder how it works? Its filling lasts only three minutes, five for draining.

Water reveals itself and transforms in three different ways with a “mist,” “mirror” and “pool” sequence: the “mirror” sequence lasts about fifteen minutes versus three minutes for the mist sequence. The water mirror is off from November to April due to its maintenance.

Where to take your lunch break?

It is important to have a break during your working day. Since the renovation of the quays of Bordeaux, you can sit and relax o the several benches around the Miroir d’Eau or the Place de la Bourse. The inhabitants as well as tourists from all over the world appreciate a lot this trendy part of Bordeaux to chill-out.

These two places are part of our guided tours Bordeaux Visotour and Bordeaux Authentic Tour.


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Practical information


Place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux

Times of service for the Miroir d’Eau :

Everyday between may and october : 10 am-10 pm

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