12 days of Christmas: day 9

This photo of part of the Monument aux Girondins, in Place des Quinconces, was taken during our summer vacation when we spent a few days  – not nearly enough – getting to know Bordeaux. The monument was erected between 1894 and 1902, in memory of the Girondin victims of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.

The monument has a large pedestal framed with two water basins, decorated with bronze horses and troops, and surmounted by a large column with a statue on top to represent the spirit of liberty.  It’s located slap bang in the middle of the Place des Quinconces, one of Europe’s largest city squares (approx. 12.6 ha).

It was a very hot day when I took the photo and I confess I’d have loved to dangle my feet in the fountain’s cooling waters. But I resisted temptation. Another visit to Bordeaux is definitely in the offing.