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"Bordeaux, bordö' or bor'do, formerly written Bour deaux, boor'do' (L. Burdig'ala), a city in the S.W. of France, capital of the department of Gironde, on the Garonne, 60 miles from its mouth, and chiefly on its left bank, and at the junction of several railways, 358 miles S.S.W. of Paris. Lat. 44° 50' 19" N.; lon. 0°34'32"W. It is one of the most flourishing cities of Europe in point of industry, commerce, and the cultivation of the arts and sciences. It is an archbishop's see, the seat of a university academy, a school of medicine, college, normal school, school of navigation, and a mint. In the old £ of the city the streets are crooked and narrow, but the new quarters, the allées, and the many public edifices are of great beauty and elegance. Among the most remarkable of these are the remains of the palace of Gallienus; the cathedral, a fine Gothic structure; the church of the Feuillants, which contains the tomb of Montaigne; the great theatre built by Louis XVI., one of the finest in Europe, seated for 4000 persons; the exchange; the former archiepiscopal palace; the Hôtel de la Marine; the triumphal arch of the port of Bourgogne, the magnificent bridges across the Garonne, and the noble system of public hospitals. Under the name of Burdigala, this was a rich and important place at the time of the conquest of the country by the Romans, who made it the capital of the 2d Aquitania, and it was embellished by the emperors. Situated on a navigable river, in this part about 2600 feet broad and from 60 to 90 feet deep, Bordeaux takes rank next after Marseilles and Havre among the ports of France, both in foreign and in coastwise trade...."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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